Decorative Two-Sheet Map of Europe
"[Lot of 2] Parte Occidentale dell' Europa... [and] Parte Orientale dell' Europa...", Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria
Period: 1697 (circa)
Publication: Atlante Veneto
Color: Hand Color
18.1 x 24.3 inches
46 x 61.7 cm
A very large and robust map on two sheets, which would measure approximately 34.8 x 24.4" if joined. Covers all of Europe to the Caspian Sea and the Urals in the north, and extends to show part of Greenland, which is labeled America Setten. An engraved vignette north of Scandinavia shows whalers harpooning a whale from rowboats. Each sheet stands on its own with full borders and a very decorative and large title cartouche. A stunning example of the mapmaker's art.
Vincenzo Coronelli was Italy's most esteemed cartographer and globe-maker. A member of the Franciscan order, he also founded the society Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti. Coronelli's Atlante Veneto, a compendium of geographical and scientific knowledge in twelve massive volumes, included this magnificent map.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.CORO-7a #6 & #7.
Dark impressions on bright sheets with modern color, minor soiling, and a hint of toning along the centerfolds. The western sheet has two short tears that enter the border at right and have been closed on verso with archival tape. The first image is a composite image - the map is in two separate sheets.