By: Henri Abraham Chatelain
Date: 1719 (Published) Amsterdam
Dimensions: 13 x 15 inches (33 cm x 38 cm)
This decorative hand-colored authentic antique map of Rome is from Chatelain’s Atlas Historique, and features a plan of the city for travelers in the early years of the eighteenth century. Though Chatelain does not include all the major architectural edifices which were extant at that time, he does detail some of the best-known, including the Palaces of the Pope, St. Pierre, St. Marie, St. Marie Maggior, to name a few.
Vatican City is quite detailed, and of note is the extent of the ancient walls intact at that time. Gates entering the city are named, as are all bridges. We see frigates making their way up river, and it is easy to imagine the beauty of the ancient city at the time as wide swathes of green dotted with trees are in great abundance.
Condition: This map is in B+ condition. Short tears in the border have been repaired with archival material on the verso as has a longer tear in the border near the centerfold. Some foxing, spotting and damp staining primarily in the borders.
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