Early map of the island of Crete by G. Mercator. With six smaller maps in upper panel across the top that provide views of the Greek Islands, including Kerkira (Corfu), Zakynthos (Zante), Milos (a Greek island in the Aegean Sea), Nicsia (Naxos), Santorini and Scarpanto (Karpathos).
The detailed map of Crete is richly annotated with the names of numerous places, rivers, and mountain ranges, offering a comprehensive geographical overview. Notably, it prominently highlights the Crete labyrinth of Bonifacio, recognized as the oldest European labyrinth on record, situated at the heart of the island.
This is the first state of the map still without sailing ships and with the large mileage cartouche. From the French edition of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas of 1633. French text on verso.
|Title||Candia cum Insulis aliquot circa Graeciam|
|Publisher, Year||H. Hondius, Amsterdam, 1633|
|Plate Size||33.8 x 47.7 cm (13.3 x 18.8 inches)|
|Sheet Size||48.0 x 56.5 cm (18.9 x 22.2 inches)|
|Reference||Zacharakis, C.G.: A Catalogue of Printed Maps of Greece, 1477-1800, No. 2209/1450; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 7900:1A.1|
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