van Keulen, Gerard


Nieuwe Afteekening van het Eyland en Koninkryk Sicilia Vertoonende alle desselfs Zee Havenen Anker Plaetsen Riviere Dieptens Klippen Steeden en Vastigheeden.

DESCRIPTION: Extra-large, rare, original antique nautical chart of the island of Sicily, Italy. Two views of an erupting Mount Aetna ( Etna ) in Catania. Includes nine smaller harbor charts on the same sheet: Palermo, Trapani, Messina, Milazzo, Augusta, Catania, Agrigento and Siracusa. Unusually colorful and attractive specimen. Unusual to find this combination of large-scale and small-scale charts on a single page.

Inset at right in the sea shows two scenes related to the Battle of Cape Passaro, between Spanish and British naval forces on August 11, 1718 off the coast of Sicily. During the Battle of Cape Passaro, off the southeast coast of Sicily, forces led by British Admiral Sir George Byng aboard the flagship 'Barfleur' defeated Spanish naval forces led by Rear-Admiral Don Fernando Chacon.

By Gerard van Keulen, with the royal privilege, possibly from the third part of 'De Nieuwe Groote Lichtende Zee-Fakkel' published 1724. Near van Keulen's name is found the Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Sicily with two facing eagles flanking the red stripes of the arms of the House of Aragon.

CREATOR: van Keulen, Gerard



BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean

CONDITION: Very Good.  Single sheet in excellent condition. Strong and clean chain-laid paper. No issues.

COLORING: Hand-coloring.


SIZE: 36 " x 20 "


PRICE: $4000


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