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Auction 190, Lot 530

"Candia olim Creta", Sanson/Mariette

Subject: Crete

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 14.8 inches
52.1 x 37.6 cm
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This wonderful map of the island is divided into four territories. Crete was strategically important in the Eastern Mediterranean as it controlled the maritime routes and access to the Adriatic Sea. It is also the birthplace of Zeus, father of the gods in Greek mythology, and the site of many legends. The mythological Labyrinth where the Minotaur was confined is located near the center of the map. Handsomely adorned with two ships and a strapwork title cartouche that features grapes. Engraved by A. Peyrounin.

References: Zacharakis #2077.

Condition: B+

A crisp impression with contemporary outline color on a bright sheet with a large coat of arms watermark. There are a few small stains in the image at bottom, light printer's ink residue, and dampstains at top center and along the bottom edge of the sheet.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $150

Closed on 11/16/2022