Chiquet’s Map of Crete


Isle et Royaume de Candie

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Copper engraving, 17 x 22.5 cm, original hand colour in outline, small marginal wormhole top right, blank verso. Published in Chiquet’s ‘Le nouveau et curieux atlas géographique et historique …’.

Chiquet (1673-1721) was a relatively successful Parisian engraver, print- and map-seller. He published Antoine Menard’s ‘Le nouveau et curieux atlas’ in 1711, and reprinted it with Menard’s name burnished from the plate and replaced with his own and a new date, 1719, as here.

The Kingdom of Crete was Venice’s last major overseas possession, but was largely conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1669. Three remaining outposts held out until the last Venetian-Ottoman War of 1714-18, which might explain the presence of a map of the ‘Kingdom of Candia’ in Menard’s original work. Zacharakis, Printed maps of Greece, 933/606.


Chiquet’s Map of Crete


CHIQUET, Jacques

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17 x 22.5 cm