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Auction 179, Lot 621

A Spectacular Map of Peloponessos

"Peloponnesus Hodie Moreae Regnum, Distincte Divisum, in Omnes suas Provincias...", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Southern Greece

Period: 1690 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

29.9 x 19.7 inches
75.9 x 50 cm
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This is likely the most spectacular map of Peloponessos produced during the golden age of Dutch cartography. The map is beautiful engraved and filled with information including the fortified cities. The large pictorial title cartouche features the sword-brandishing Lion of Venice with a group of Turkish prisoners, commemorating the Venetian triumph against the Ottoman Empire in 1688. The map is paneled on three sides with 14 bird's-eye views of important Greek cities including Athens, Sparta, Lepanto, Modon, and Corinth, the southern peninsula of Greece. Printed on two sheets, joined at left. This is the first state with De Wit's imprint. This edition with the surrounding vignettes is very rare.

References: Zacharakis #2387.

Condition: B+

Issued folding with light scattered foxing and trimmed to the border at top and left. A fold separation and edge tear at bottom (1-2" in size) have been closed on verso with paper tape.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,250

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 9/16/2020