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SOLD A New Map of Italy
Date: c 1715
Size: 23 x 38 inches
Title: 'A New Map of Italy. Distinguishing all the Sovereignties in it, whether States, Kingdoms, Dutchies, Principalities, Republicks, &c. With the Post Roads, and many Remarks no extant in any Map According to Newest and most Exact Pnservations by H. Moll...'
A wall-size map by Moll, one of the largest and most detailed English maps of this region of the era. It is also one of the most decorative, with a lavish oversize pictorial cartouche, and fine engraved insets / views.
The most decorative aspect of the map are the fine mountainous topographical views in the lower left corner. Europeans were fascinated by the violent volcanos which dominated the landscape of southern Italy. The bottom view features Mount Etna in Sicily, depicting its 1669 eruption that terrorized the city of Catania. The middle view depicts Mount Vesuvius towering over the city and Bay of Naples. Mt. Vesuvius is most famous for its great eruption which destroyed the Roman city of Pompeii in 79 A.D. The top view features the mythical Mount Aeolius, which figured in The Odyssey as the divine source of the winds.
In very good condition on clean paper, old paper reinforcements along the verso folds (mostly invisible from the front). A few scattered small old restoration and repair areas that blend in visually and are easy to miss or overlook. They are not offensive or displeasing and the map retains a noble appearance worthy of display. Overall very good condition for these large Moll maps.