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Agias Thodoroi, Crete

Boschini, Marco. Agais Thodoroi. " Spiaggiae di S. Thodoro" Venice "Marco Boschini Venetiano, al Serinissima Principe E Regal Collegio di Venetia" 1651
Black & white copper engraved map/viewof the island fort of Agias Thodoroi Crete from Marco Boschini's "Il Regno tutto di Candia" single page; verso blank.
The map/view shows the islands position of the North coast of Crete with ships on the horizon In 1583 the Venetians built two small fortresses on Agios Theodoros in part to prevent pirates from using the islands and in part to defend the coast of Crete. The Island is now a reserve for Kri Kri. Dark impression, on laid paper; light soiling to outer margins.

Marco Boschini, [1613-78]
Venetian painter and engraver, published two important works regarding Greece.
" Il regno tutto di Candia" in 1651. (1st & only edition). Boschini started work on the survey of Crete in 1645, the year in which the Turks invaded the island. In his dedication to the work he mentions a large map of the island dated 1645 [of which only 2 copies are recorded] there is no copy of the complete work known of this date.
Boschini published the work in 1651, when the city of Candia [Iraklion] had been in a state of siege for 4 years ( it was to last 22 years): he undertook the work to illustrate the Venetian valour in the face of the Ottoman attack on Crete

"L'Archipelago."an isolario of the Greek Islands in 1658.
The outlines of the Islands in the "L'Archipelago" recall those of Bartelemeo dalli Sonnetti, whose "Isolario" Venice. 1485 was the first appearance of the islands in printed form.
Zacherakis:595/397; Blackmer /Navari:171; Blackmer/Sotheby's:37. 213 by 162mm (8½ by 6½ inches).   ref: 2081  €400

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