de Fer, Nicolas

Old plan of Palma, Majorca or Mallorca, Spain

Plan de Palma, Ville Capitalle de l'Isle de Majorque. Mis au jour par N. de Fe Geographe de sa Majeste Catholique… 1715.

DESCRIPTION: Attractive, detailed antique birds-eye view or plan of Palma the capital of Mallorca / Majorca, now part of Spain. Features the walls, gates, roads, and numerous Vauban-style defenses that surrounded Palma / Palme in the early 18th century. Majorca is the largest of Spain's Balearic Islands, located south of Barcelona in the Mediterranean Sea. Will frame and display nicely.

Numerous defensive bastions are numbered and the key roads leading into the city are named including: Chemin de Plumayor, Chemin de Manacor, Chemin d'Inca, Chemin Banola, and Chemin de Soller. City gates are also named including: Puerta de Jesus, Puerta Santa Catarina, Puerta de Campo, Puerta St. Antoine, Puerta Pintada, and Porte au Mole, leading to a jetty in the harbor. Additional defensive works under construction are shown with dotted lines. At the northeast, a single stream leading into the city walls is shown connected to a short aqueduct.

This antique copperplate-engraved map was produced toward the end of the 17th century 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 Spansh King in 1702.Dated within at 1715. From de Fer's "Forces de l'Europe ou Introduction a la Fortification".

Plate No. 69.

CREATOR: de Fer, Nicolas



BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean

CONDITION: Good.  On strong, watermarked, chain-laid paper. Slight browning in the margins and one small spot in the interior of the city.



SIZE: 13 " x 9 "


PRICE: $495


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