de Fer, Nicolas

Antique Map of the Mediterranean island of Sicily, Italy

Isle de Royaume de Sicile

DESCRIPTION: Attractive antique map of the island of Sicily in Italy published from Paris in 1701 . Adjoining the mainland at the "toe" of the Italian peninsula, and separated by the Strait of Messina, the southermost tip of Calabria is shown with the key city of Reggio.

Much detail in the interior of this original old map includes mountains, rivers, major roads, and villages. Key cities in Sicily include Palermo, Messina, Noto, Mazara, and Siracusa. A few miles northwest of the coastal city of Catania, Mount Etna ( Aetna ) is shown erupting violently.

At the time this map was published Sicily, the largest of all Mediterranean islands, was ruled by Philip IV , King of Spain.

This antique map was produced by the well known French geographer and cartographer, Nicolas de Fer (1646 - 1720) and was 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 ..."

Publication details are found In the lower left corner :
" A Paris. Chez l'Autheur dans l'Isle du Palais a la Sphere Royale. Avec Privilege du Roy. 1701. "

CREATOR: de Fer, Nicolas



BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean Sea

CONDITION: Good.  Clean on watermarked chain-laid paper. Small repair to verso.

COLORING: Later outline hand color.

ENGRAVER: Herman van Loon

SIZE: 13 " x 9 "


PRICE: $240


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