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Auction 179, Lot 659

"Insula Candia Ejusque Fortificatio", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Crete

Period: 1688 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.5 x 18.1 inches
54.6 x 46 cm
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This dramatic map of Crete shows the island following the Siege of Candia, a conflict in which Ottoman forces besieged the Venetian-ruled city until their ultimate victory 21 years later. The map is based on the cartography of Sebastien de Pontault de Beaulieu, who mapped many of the Mediterranean fortifications in about 1674. The island is filled with good information on roads, towns, and topography. Six insets showing the fortifications of Canea, Candia, Spina Longa, Retimo, Thine, and Suda are engraved in fine detail, with numbered keys identifying specific sites in Chania and Candia. The sea is filled with many war ships representing the epic struggle, and the banner-style title is held aloft by two putti.

References: Zacharakis #2392.

Condition: B+

A strong impression with light scattered foxing. There is a 2.5" fold separation at bottom that has been closed on verso with old paper with some minor staining visible due to the adhesive used in the repair. Two small chips in the side margins have been replaced with old paper.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300


Closed on 9/16/2020