"Le Royaume de Naples Divise en ses Douze Provinces ou sont Marquez tous les Archevechez et Evechez...", Nolin, Jean Batiste
Subject: Southern Italy
Period: 1742 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
18.6 x 22.3 inches
47.2 x 56.6 cm
This uncommon map of the Kingdom of Naples is densely engraved with cities, political boundaries, rivers, and topography. The map covers the 'boot' of southern Italy, extending north to Abruzzi and including northern Sicily. The decorative elements filling the waters make this map quite attractive. The title cartouche dominates the Gulf of Venice and features numerous coats of arms, a dedication to King Philip V of Spain, and a cornucopia, all held aloft by a large mer-man. The legend is contained within a large shell floating in the water, while a third cartouche includes a lengthy description of the region.
Contemporary outline color on watermarked paper with some color offsetting, light printer's ink residue, and minor soiling.