de Fer, Nicolas

Antique Engraved Birds-eye View of Venice, Italy

Venise Ville Capitale de la plus Celebre et Illustre Republique de l'Europe

DESCRIPTION: Antique birds-eye view of Venice, Italy with the Grand Canal, Giudecca, the Venetian Arsenal, and St. Mark's Square as they existed around 1700. This attractive, detailed, copper-plate engraved view includes the outlying islands of Murano, Mazzorbo, Torcello, San Michelle, and others. Numerous churches are identifed by name and a legend at bottom is keyed to the six chief Venetian neighborhoods or sestieri. Ten important locations are identified including the columns at St. Mark's square, erected in the 13th century; two prisons; the Ducal Palace; and the customs house.

This antique view was produced by the well known French geographer and cartographer, Nicolas de Fer (1646 - 1720). De Fer was a prolific producer of maps and prints who among other honors, was appointed as official geographer to the Spanish King in 1702. Published in de Fer's atlas: "L'atlas curieux, ou Le monde réprésenté dans des cartes générales et particulières du ciel et de la terre… et orné par des plans et descriptions des villes capitales et principales, ...".

CREATOR: de Fer, Nicolas



BODY OF WATER: Adriatic Sea/ Venetian Lagoon

CONDITION: Very Good.  Clean with a strong, dark impression on chain-laid, watermarked paper. Evident platemark and ample margins. One small repaired pinhole. Faint faded manuscript annotation in the legend.



SIZE: 13 " x 9 "


PRICE: $500


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