19 x 22 1/2 inches. Fine original color; fine condition.
A striking city plan of Naples with vibrant original color. There are also seven large vignettes; illustrated in those along the top are the primary landmarks of Naples’ great seaport – the Castel dell’ Ovo, the Molo, and the Castel Nuovo. Along the bottom, the Piazza del Mercato is pictured with the Chiesa del Carmine visible; there is also a view of the Castel S. Elmo, which now houses the Bruno Molajoli Art History Museum. An erupting Mount Vesuvius – visible in the background of several views – is given its own view, including a diagram of the volcano’s interior. A view of the Royal Palace – then the palace of the Viceroy – offers a glimpse of the sumptuous gardens hidden behind its walls. The plan itself shows the locations of many palazzi, fortifications, churches and other important structures. Many of these are named on the plan, while 28 others are separately numbered and keyed to plan.