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Ottoman-Habsburg Wars (1521-1791)

Images from eight wars fought between 1570 and 1718


Plans of Mdina and Gozo, 1565 (Mdina [Notabile], L-Imidina, Malta) 35°53ʹ13ʺN 14°24ʹ09ʺE; (Gozo, Malta) 36°02ʹ58ʺN 14°15ʹ00ʺE; Siege of Malta, 1565 (Malta, independent political entity) 35°55ʹ00ʺN 14°26ʹ00ʺEPlate XV: plans of

published 1582

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type A); gilt edges left, bottom and right | Scale: Scale bar: Scala de Cane 50. | RCIN 721033.p

Plans of Mdina, oriented with south-south-west (Ostro-Libeccio; mariner’s compass rose) to top, and Gozo fortress, oriented with south (O[stro]; mariner’s compass rose) to top.

See RCIN 721033.a for further information and literature and further reading.

  • Matteo Perez d'Aleccio (1547-1616) (publisher) [along the bottom of the sheet, below the neatline:] APPRESSO MATTHEO PEREZ DE ALLECCIO FOGLIO QVINTO DECIMO ET VLTIMO ·IN ROMA·MDLXXXII·

  • Watermark: Hammer and anvil in circle [see Woodward 230]

    Condition: mount slightly creased; 6.3 cm tear centre, top left [an old tear, made before being mounted]; considerable brown staining to left half, particularly pronounced on verso; traces of adhesive along top edge, perhaps from a former guard

  • Scale: Scale bar: Scala de Cane [‘n’ with a macron] 50. [’50’ with line above]

    32.0 x 45.0 cm (image, neatline and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    41.3 x 54.8 cm (mount)

    Scale of left plan: 1:1,541. Scala de Cane 50 [the number has a line above and below the figures]

    Scale of right plan: 1:1,337. Scala de Cane 60. [94 mm = 60]

  • Printed title:


    Printed title:

    PIANTA DELLA FORTE [‘T’ and ‘E’ combined] . / ZA DELL' ISOLA DEL GOZO. [right plan]

    Printed title:


    Additional text:

    [left plan, in a cartouche, below the arms of Grand Master Hugo Loubenx:] Nella presente CITA ditta LA VECHIA mentre duro ...


    George III heading: Malta

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, black pencil:] I/37p; [top left, red pencil:] 1/33; [top right, black pencil, cropped:] 1565].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Malta Ritratti della Guerra e dell’ Assedio et Assalti dati alla Isola di Malta dall’ Armata Turchesca l’anno 1565: da Matteo Perez di Allecio, 1582. 15 foglie.

  • Subject(s)

    Mdina, L-Imidina, Malta (35°53ʹ13ʺN 14°24ʹ09ʺE)

    Gozo, Malta (36°02ʹ58ʺN 14°15ʹ00ʺE)

    Malta, independent political entity (35°55ʹ00ʺN 14°26ʹ00ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    M. McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 2680

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  • 25 May 2024