Neapolis Regnum quo continentur Aprutium Ulterius et Citerius, Comitatus Molisius Terra Laboris Capitaniata Principat. Ulterior et Citerior Barianus et Hydruntinus Ager Basilicata Calabria Citerior et Ulterior cura et caelo Mathaei Seutteri, Chalcogr. Aug.
By: Matthias Seutter
Date: 1742 (Published) Augsburg
Size: 22.75 x 19.5 inches (57.8 cm x 50 cm)
This magnificent map of the southern part of the boot of Italy by Matthias Seutter is one of the most attractive of its time. Starting just south of Rome on the west coast and a bit farther north on the east coast, this map focuses on the Kingdom of Naples, and the northern portion of Sicily shown at the toe. The region is divided into provinces and includes, as noted by the key in the lower left quadrant, all signs of human activity, including major cities, minor cities, villages, fortifications, archbishoprics, universities, and even lone castles in the countryside.
Seutter takes great care to depict topographical features including gulfs, ports, rivers, and lakes. Mountains and hills are delineated. Volcanic islands to the west of Italy are included, and a large scale cartouche in the lower right quadrant presents a spectacular view of Vesuvius erupting. The ornate title cartouche in the upper right quadrant is bordered by coats of arms of the regions named in the cartouche, and cherubim allegorically stitch the principalities together with a ribbon on which the names of the regions represented are written.
Condition: This map is in B+ condition. Dark and vibrant impression with original color. Centerfold separation closed with archival material on the verso.
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