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Basilicata, Francesco & Collective
Cretae Regnum / ΤΟ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΟΝ ΤΗΣ ΚΡΗΤΗΣ : Francesco Basilicata, 1618 (vol. 1 + 2)
Mikros Nautilos Editions & Vikelaia Library, 1994. A 1st bilingual 2vol. ed. very good+ hardcover (cloth-bound), tanning & stain on fr. cov. & spine as in image, content near fine. TEXT Greek, English. A 2 volume set Big vol. has maps (image_4 & _5) and bilingual text (image_3), Small vol.(image_2) has Greek text (5 essays & map memos). The Italian cartographer and military engineer Francesco Basilicata lived for many years in Crete, joining the service of the Venetian Republic. He probably arrived on the mainland in 1609 and enriched his plans until the end of his life (probably around 1638, the date of his last manuscript). A long stay on the island would give him opportunities for repeated on-site verification and continuous improvement of his plans. He often devoted his work to high-ranking Venetian officials, either to gain their favor or because they were an integral part of his responsibilities and obligations as a military engineer. This "Atlas", which must have been created in 1618-1619, was accompanied by an extensive exhibition (Relazione) for Crete, which emphasizes the fortifications, the ways of defense, but also the natural geography, history, archeology, administration and the island's economy. In his maps, Basilicata, with skillful use of colors, emphasized the topography and morphology of the areas, while special attention has been paid to the representation of every detail of economic importance, both in the maritime areas and in the military positions. Artistically crafted, with elegant color changes, the maps impress for the harmonious layout of the spa … [Click Below for Full Description]
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