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The ‘Isola di Lissa’ or island of Vis is one of the furthest islands offshore from Croatia. It is by Vincenzo Maria Coronelli in the ‘Isolario’. With an ornate title cartouche. The ‘Isolario’ was a two volume work which formed part of the ‘Atlante Veneto’. The verso of the leaf contains a plan of ‘Citta di Curzola nella Dalmatia’. Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (1650-1718) was a Franciscan Friar and the founder of the first Geographical Society. He was an active cartographer, cosmographer, globe maker, author, inventor and engineer, and teacher. Born in Ravenna in 1650 at the age of 15 he entered the Franciscan Order in which he would become Gran Generale in 1699. As he became more interested in cartography he developed an extensive correspondence network around Europe. In 1681 he famously went to Paris to produce 2 four metre globes for Louis XIV which still survive to this day. In 1685 he was made Cosmographer to the Venetian Republic and began teaching geography founding the ‘Academia Cosmographica degli Argonauti’ in 1688, the world’s first geographical society. He single handedly brought back Italy’s reputation in the field of cartography. His style of engraving is very distinctive and displays detail without being too busy, it is very attractive to the eye. Arguably his most famous publication was the ‘Atlante Veneto’ in 1691. Shirley BL T.Coro 13a 44 & 45.
CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria

Isola di Lissa [verso] Citta di Curzola nella Dalmatia

Venice, c.1690
130 x 170 mm., on a full sheet of text, in good condition.
Stock number: 5836

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