Auction 170, Lot 580

"Syracuse Antique en Sicilie", Blaeu/Mortier

Subject: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy

Period: 1704 (circa)

Publication: Nouveau Theatre d'Italie

Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 15.4 inches
50.3 x 39.1 cm

A superb bird's-eye view of Syracuse as viewed from the east. Individual buildings are depicted and the surrounding countryside is well detailed. This engraving was originally created by Johannes Blaeu and was published in his three-volume town book of Italy in 1663. The town book was successful and was re-issued several times, including by Pierre Mortier in three volumes in 1704 and a more extensive four-volume atlas in 1705.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.BLA-4b & 4c.

Condition: A

Sharp impression with wide margins, a hint of toning along the centerfold, marginal soiling, and a short centerfold separation in the top blank margin.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $220

Closed on 11/14/2018