Venice: Vincenzo Coronelli, 1690.
Map. Uncolored engraving. Sheet measures 13 3/4" x 19 3/4".
This is a beautiful and rare map of Komarno or Komárno in Slovakia depicting the historic fortress where the Waag River flows into the Danube. The fortress, once part of the Kingdom of Hungary (later Austria-Hungary) now lies on the Slovakia. Created from the division of the city of Komarno , the Hungarian city on the opposite bank of the Danube is also called Komarno or Komárom. The map features a detailed plan of the fortress with a key in the lower right noting the locations marked on the map. Built in the 16th century from a medieval castle, the fortress was expanded in the 17th century , and still exists today. Over the years, the fortress has witnessed several battles and sieges including the siege by the Ottoman Turks in 1594, the attacks of the Turkish army in the 18th century and the Hungarian Revolution on 1848. Includes a beautiful cartouche and an illustration of two cherubs carrying a coat of arms. The map is in good condition with offsetting. Some edge wear where sheet bound to atlas. Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718) was a Franciscan priest and renowned mathematician and cartographer. He was appointed official Cosmographer to the Venetian Republic in 1685 and founded the world's earliest geographic society, L'Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti. He was known best for his globes, which he made for prominent rulers such as Louis XIV and the Duke of Parma. This map is an excellent example of his work.