DESCRIPTION: SOLD. For a larger version of this engraving in our inventory please see our new acquisition: Combat Naval 1645
Finely engraved and labeled naval battle scene between Maltese galleys and the Ottoman Turks. Although labeled '1645' this detailed copperplate engraving certainly depicts an action on September 28, 1644 bewteen six Maltese galleys and a fleet of Ottoman galleons. The galleys San Lorenzo, Santa Maria, Vittoria and others engaged a Turkish convoy carrying pilgrims bound for Mecca. The Maltese killed many pilgrims and took almost 400 prisoners as slaves including by some reports one of the Sultan's wives and her son.
On their voyage home the Maltese stopped in Crete, then a possession of Venice, for a few days. This apparent collusion between the Maltese and Venetians, previously at peace with the Turks, served as a pretense for the Cretan war between the Turks, Venice and Malta between 1645 and 1669.
CREATOR: Merian, M.
PUBLICATION DATE: 1707
GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Malta
BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean
CONDITION: Very Good
Almost white chain-laid paper. No foxing stains or tears.