18 Sicilia Antiqua /. John Blair 174


Description: 1768 Sicilia Antiqua quae et Sicania et Trinacria dicta.
John Blair

Date: 1768 (Published) London

Dimensions: 16.25 x 21.5 in (41.3 x 54.6 cm)

This is an authentic antique map of the Sicily by John Blair. The map was published in London in the year 1768.

This lovely map of Sicily includes portions of Italy and Africa with a few surrounding islands. In the top left a large insert shows the ancient city of Syracuse. Towns, cities, roads, rivers and mountains are noted throughout, but the most prominent feature of this map would have to be the erupting Mount Etna. A large plume of ash is shown surrounding the extremely active strato-volcano. Based on the insert of Syracuse and the eruption of Etna depicted on the map, one could conclude that the eruption shown represents an eruption in 396 BC, which reportedly thwarted the Carthaginians in their attempt to advance on Syracuse during the Second Sicilian War.

Condition: Map is in B+ condition, with lovely original coloring, full margins, and a few small edge tears that do not enter the image.
Technique: US$ 500
  • Number: 1740322
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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