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An extremely decorative, large, fine old colour example of De Wit’s rare map of Sicily. It shows in detail the cities of Messina, Milazzo, Palermo, Catania and Trapani.
It is considered one of the most beautiful and decorative maps of Sicily from the XVII century. This example is in exceptional old original colour.
The map is embellished with a compass rose, sailing ships, a dedication cartouche and especially, elaborate views of the major cities and ports of Sicily. From Atlas Major by F. De Witt published in Amsterdam in 1680.
A very rare panoramic view of Palermo, including a legend in the lower part. The plate is numbered in black pencil in upper right corner. Published by Chereau , active in Paris at “rue st.Jacques au Grand st.Remy”. [cod.478/15]
Copper engraving from “Curioses Staats-Kriegstheatrum in Bayern, Franken, Hispanien, Italien” published in Amburg in 1702 by J. Stridbeck and his son J. Stridbeck Junior. [cod.475/15]
Very important first printed map of Palermo drawn by Orazio Maiocco, etched by Natale Bonifacio and published in Rome by Claudio Duchetti in 1580.
Details such as waves of the sea, port, meadows and stone structures are engraved with great carefulness and sense for details. Below a legend showing 128 most important buildings in the lower margin.
A very decorative map of Sicily and Sardinia from J.B. Homann’s Atlas Novus Terrarum published in Nuremberg in 1720. In the upper middle is a allegoric large cartouche with the title “Regnorum Siciliae et Sardiniae nova tabula?. Embellished by compass rose, vessels and in the lower left plan of Catania with the famous vulcan Etna erupting and in the right with La Valletta. [cod.087/15]
Nice depiction of Scylla and Charybdis located on the Strait of Messina off the coast of Sicily and opposite the rock on the Italian mainland. From Merian’s “Topographia Italiae” pubblished in Franckfurt in 1688. Mattheus Merian was a notable Swiss engraver, born in Basle in 1593, who subsequently studied in Zurich and then moved to Frankfurt where he met Theodore de Bry, whose daughter he married in 1617. [cod.463/15]
Delightful small map of Sicily filled with topographical detail and place names. Embellished with title and scale cartouches. From the Mercator Hondius “Atlas Minor” published in Amsterdam in 1648 at Jannsonius with german text on verso. In 1607 Jodocus Hondius published a reduced size version of Mercator’s “Atlas”, itself suitably titled “Atlas Minor”. The maps were copied from those of the great cartographer Mercator of around 1580-90 or were reductions of Hondius’ own maps of 1606. Almost 20
Fine and early historical map of Sicily based on Gastaldi’s 1545. Includes an inset map of Syracuse and a list of the towns in the lower left. Decorated with an ornate cartouche, monsters and ships in the sea. From the 1624 final edition by Balthasar Moretus of the first historical atlas ever published. Ortelius?s Parergon began as a companion to his Theatrum but eventually it became an independent work. In fact, this collection of maps of the ancient world was so significant that it became the