Coronelli, Vincenzo

1706

Scarce antique map and plan of Marseilles, France

Marseglia

DESCRIPTION: Very scarce map of the Bay of Marseille and surrounding area with a birds-eye view of the city of Marseille, France (Marseglia). Marseilles was the home of France's 'Corps de Galleres' or rowing galleys with lateen-rigged sails. The main fleet of French Navy sailing vessels was headquarted in Toulon, France. The two services were combined in 1744.

Shows a very early view of Marseilles predating the construction and fortification of the town's southern side. In 1660, Louis XIV ensured Marseilles would become the premier commercial port of France in the Mediterranean. Louis commissioned significant new fortifications, and was reported to have said “We noticed that the inhabitants of Marseilles were extremely fond of nice fortresses. We wanted to have our own at the entrance to this great port.”

From "La Francia Divisa in XII Prefetture" , a section of Coronelli's multi-volume "Teatro delle citta e porti principali dell'Europa…" Plate 3 with previous plate number 212. Verso blank

CREATOR: Coronelli, Vincenzo

PUBLICATION DATE: 1706

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: France

BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean Sea

CONDITION: Good.  On strong laid paper. Slight age toning. Wide margins. No holes or tears.

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 7 " x 5 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 77

PRICE: $275


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