Auction 170, Lot 581

"Plan du Port de Syracuse...", Smyth, William Henry (Adm.)

Subject: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy

Period: 1827 (dated)

Publication: Neptune de la Mediterranee

Color: Black & White

24.6 x 18.6 inches
62.5 x 47.2 cm

This scarce chart focuses on the historic port city of Syracuse, once described by Cicero as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." Several notable historical sites are located, including the Roman amphitheatre, the Greek theatre of Syracuse, and various temples and ruins. A key at left identifies 16 additional locations within the city proper. The Ionian Sea is filled with soundings, bottom types, and routes. There is intricate topographical detail surrounding the city. Drawn by Besancon and engraved by Caplin. Published by the Depot de la Marine with the engraved seal at bottom and the price below the neatline: Prix Deux Francs.


Condition: A

A nice impression on a watermarked sheet with a tiny edge tear at right that has been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $220

Closed on 11/14/2018