Illuminated manuscript portolan chart on vellum of Sicily “Isola. D. Sicilia”. Jouanne Oliva (fl. 1570-1614). Marseilles, 1600. Single leaf of vellum, float-mounted and framed. 20 x 28 inches sheet, 28 x 35 inches framed.
AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE AND RARE MANUSCRIPT PORTOLAN CHART in pen and black, red, blue, brown and green ink, heightened in gold and silver, of the island of Sicily, the title within a ribbon banner heightened in gold and silver and surrounding the arms of the Kingdom of Sicily oriented to the south, showing an erupting Mount Etna, all important ports and towns given in Italian and Catalan, river systems and mountains, decorated with a large and beautiful compass rose radiating rhumb lines, an elaborately decorated scale lower right, the sea with magnificent galleons and terrifying sea monsters, all surrounded by a border of black and gold fillets.
Provenance: Marvin Carton, his sale Sotheby's New York, February 2, 1985, lot 67