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Printed and manuscript maps, prints and views of 22 seventeenth-century wars

Michele Ercole : Rome (1622-1684)

Candia, 1668 1668

Etching; printed on paper; gilt edges right, left and bottom | Scale: 1:2,600 approx. | RCIN 723137

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A map of the eastern side of the Venetian fortress of Candia, showing the Ottoman siege works, with the trenches and saps from 5 June to 7 October 1668 during the final phase of the war and in the penultimate year of the long Ottoman siege, begun in 1648 and continuing until the city capitulated on 27 September 1669. Oriented with east-south-east to top (cardinal points). Fifth Ottoman-Venetian War or Cretan War (1645-69).

  • Michele Ercole : Rome (1622-1684) (publisher) [top left, below text:] IN ROMA, Per Michele Ercole M.DC.LXVIII. / CON LICENZA DE SVPERIORI

  • Watermark: Three hills with indistinct design above in circle

    Condition: almost perfect. Verso: offsetting from same image. No mount

  • Scale: 1:2,600 approx. Scale bar: Scala di Passi Venetiani [99 mm =] 150

    29.7 x 43.3 cm (image and neatline)

    30.1 x 43.7 cm (platemark)

    40.0 x 54.6 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    [No title. Plan of the siege of Candia showing the position of the Turkish trenches on the west side of the fortress between 5 June and 7 October 1668.]

    Additional text:

    [top left, two keys, A-I, K-T, V, X-Z:] LA PARTE DI SABIONERA ATTACA TA DAL TVRCO. [and, 2-11:] Lauori del Turco quali proseguendo contro il baloardo hauendo aperto la trinciata / sotto li 5. Giugno 1668. S.N. essendo attaccato alla palizada del gran / Bonetto con il loro alloggio 7. Ottobre 1668.


    George III heading: Candia 1667-1669.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Candia A Plan of part of the Town of Candia attacked by the Turks from the of June to the of Oct.1668: by M. Ercole, 1668

  • Possibly from the collection of Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-89) who inherited Cassiano dal Pozzo's collection and added to it; sold by Carlo Antonio's grandson to Clement XI, 1703; acquired by Cardinal Alessandro Albani by 1714, from whom purchased by George III in 1762

  • Subject(s)

    Heraklion [Candia, Irákleion], Crete, Greece (35°19ʹ40ʺN 25°08ʹ36ʺE)

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