Icon Crateris Neapolitani
Place Published: Naples
Description: Map. Engraving. Image measures 24.75 x 36.5".
Comments: The incredible rarity of this map of the Gulf of Naples by Filippo Morghen is matched only by its incredibly stunning design and execution. The body of the map consists of an exquisitely detailed topographical rendering of the Gulf region that shows, in particular, its famous volcanoes. Notes scattered throughout the map provide more information about the regions history and landscape. At the center of the map is an ornate compass rose with north to the upper left and rhumb lines extending out to the surrounding coasts. An inset in the upper left of the map describes the iconography of ancient Naples, and an inset in the upper right contains a Puetinger Table, or illustrated road map. While this informative map is impressive in itself, it is outshone on this sheet by the view below it, which shows the eruption of the famed Mount Vesuvius. In front of this background of bursting lava and billowing smoke are views of ancient Neapolitan buildings, ruins, and sculptures. Along either side of the map is an Index of Neapolitan Antiquities, written in Latin. The map is in good condition with minor overall soiling. Wide margins with no chips or tears. Staining particularly in left and right indexes, not affecting the main image. The Florentine artist Filippo Morgen (1730--1807) was one of the most significant Italian engravers of the second half of the 18th century. Based in Naples, he produced a range of archaeological illustrations and views of Naples that found success with noblemen and tourists alike. This rare map, as a combination of Morghen's various skills, typifies the work for which he is famous.Language: English
Book ID: 244306