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


Candia, 1668


published 1669

Etching and engraving; printed on paper | Scale: no scale. About 1:5,000. | RCIN 723140

A map of the Venetian fortress of Candia, showing the position of the Venetian defences and the Ottoman attacks on 12 September 1669 in the final days of the long Ottoman siege, begun in 1648 and continuing until the city capitulated on 27 September 1669. Map oriented with south to top (compass rose). Fifth Ottoman-Venetian War or Cretan War (1645-69).

This map is a revised edition of an earlier map by François Collignon which showed the positions as of 29 September 1668 (in the Bibliothèque nationale de France [last accessed 2 December 2017]), or, possibly, of an intermediate edition. New defensive lines within the city are shown and there appears to be an attempt, common to both editions, to indicate those structures which were destroyed during the bombardments perhaps by showing them in darker stippling. There has been considerable re-engraving of the plate.

  • Creator(s)

    François Collignon (c.1610-87) (print seller) [top right, below the number 41 in the key:] questa Pianta è stata / Coretta ampliata sino / ali 12. di Settembre 1669. / Si Vende nel Parione / Rome Sup. permissu.

  • Watermark: Lamb in double circle, the letter A above [similar to Heawood 2838]

    Condition: creased. No mount, no gilt edges


  • Scale: no scale. About 1:5,000.

    30.0 x 43.9 cm (image and neatline)

    30.4 x 44.3 cm (platemark)

    34.4 x 47.6 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PIANTA DELLA CITTA DI CANDIA ASSEDIATA DA TVRCHI [top right, in rectangular panel, above key]


    [top left, in rectangular panel, to each side of the arms of Antonio Grimani, Venetian ambassador in Rome during the pontificate of Clement IX:] All' Sig.r ANTONIO GRIMANI / Ambasciatore della Serenissima Republica / di Veneto appresso la Santita di nostro / Signore Papa CLEMENTE nono.

    Additional text:

    [top right, in rectangular panel, below title, a key, 1-41 and, below that, a supplementary rectangular panel with a continuation, 42-48.]


    George III heading: Candia 1667-1669.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, black pencil, cropped:] IV[/?].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Candia Nuovo disegno dell’ Assedio della Citta di Candia con le sue nuoue Fortificatione e Ritirate tanto disegnate e premeditate quanto gia fatte e perfettionate del presente mese 15 [sic] Settembre 1669: da F. Collignon

  • Subject(s)

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

Page revisions

  • 14 March 2024