1688 Merian - Panormo [town-plan of Palermo]
Superb late 17th century Merian town-plan of Palermo
Matthaus Merian, Topographia Italiae
Frankfurt, c. 1688
38.1 x 30.5 cm (15 x 12 in)
A lovely bird's-eye view of Palermo, Sicily, with excellent detail of the fortifications, buildings and surrounding countryside. A key engraved on a scroll identifies 66 locations on the map.
A sixteen-point compass rose orients north to the bottom-right corner of the map. The map is further adorned with a coat of arms and numerous ships in the harbor.
Palermo was an important port city from the classical period, but did not surpass Syracuse in prominence until the Islamic period in Sicily, which began in the 9th century.
Very good condition.