450 x 610 mm., in recent wash colour, trimmed to neatline in lower corners, otherwise in good condition.
Arguably one of the most attractive plates ever published by Coronelli. It consists of a birds-eye view of the city of Negroponte, present day Chalcis, the capital of the island of Negroponte, now known as Euboea. This large island rests north of the capital Athens. The whole is surrounded by a wide decorative floral border. 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 alone can be credited as having 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. Fauser, A. (1978) 2460; Zacharakis, C. (1992) 676.