Catalog Archive
Auction 174, Lot 468

"Disegno Idrografico del Canale Reale dell' Unione di due Mari in Lingua Docca Descritto", Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria

Subject: Canal du Midi, France

Period: 1693 (circa)


Color: Black & White

23.6 x 17.7 inches
59.9 x 45 cm
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This beautifully engraved chart delineates the course of the man-made Canal du Midi, considered one of the crowning construction works of its era. Completed in 1681, the Canal du Midi links with the Canal de Garonne to connect the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. It spans from Toulouse to the Etang de Thau. Mountains and forests are depicted graphically. There is a profile view of the canal just above the distance scale. A key at top identifies locations along and around the canal. Two coats of arms and an ornate dedicatory cartouche fill a large inset. The decorative title cartouche at bottom left includes an owl, a quiver full of arrows, fishing nets, crates, and more. The map was first published in 1693 in Coronelli's Corso Geografico Universale and appeared in other subsequent collections and publications.

References: cf. Shirley (BL Atlases) T.CORO-8a #41.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on a sturdy sheet with some light printer's ink residue.

Estimate: $220 - $250

Sold for: $275

Closed on 9/11/2019