450 x 580 mm., with recent wash colour, a centrefold split expertly repaired so that it is virtually invisible, otherwise in good condition.
Joan Blaeu’s famous town books of Italy were first published in three volumes (the Vatican, Rome, and Naples and Sicily) in 1663. Two further volumes were added by his heirs in 1682, those of Piedmont and Savoye. Unlike the town books of the Netherlands the Italian volumes not only contain maps and bird’s-eye views, but also many engravings and plans of the towns, palaces, churches, statues and other architecture. It is one of the most visually appealing and highly prized of all illustrated books on Italy. This is a superb view taken from Saint Jean Cap Ferrat of Villefranche-sur-Mer, near Nice, Provence. From the ‘Theatrum Statuum Regiae Celsitudinis Sabaudiae Ducis, Pedemontii Principis ...’ Fauser, A. 14895; Koeman (1967-70) Bl 76 no. 1058.