Old Map of the Kingdom of Naples, Italy by Visscher, 1690: Naples, Bari, Messina, Salerno, Parco Nazionale del Gargano
Old Map of the Kingdom of Naples, Italy by Visscher, 1690: Naples, Bari, Messina, Salerno, Parco Nazionale del Gargano
Old Map of the Kingdom of Naples, Italy by Visscher, 1690: Naples, Bari, Messina, Salerno, Parco Nazionale del Gargano
Old Map of the Kingdom of Naples, Italy by Visscher, 1690: Naples, Bari, Messina, Salerno, Parco Nazionale del Gargano

Old Map of the Kingdom of Naples, Italy by Visscher, 1690: Naples, Bari, Messina, Salerno, Parco Nazionale del Gargano

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Discover a piece of history with this exquisite map titled 'Regnum Neapolis : in quo sunt Aprutium Ulterius et Citerius, Comitatus Molisius, Terra Laboris, Capitaniata Principatus Ulterior et Citerior Terra Bariensis et Hidruntina Basilicata, Calabria Citerior et Ulterior'. In English, this translates to 'Kingdom of Naples: in which there are Aprutium Further and Nearer, County of Molise, Land of Labor, Captaincy of the Further and Nearer Principality, Land of Bari and Hydruntum, Basilicata, Calabria Nearer and Further'. This map, created by Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690, provides a detailed view of the Kingdom of Naples and its surrounding regions, a significant area of modern-day Italy.

The map features several prominent cities such as Naples, Bari, Messina, and Salerno, each marked with meticulous precision. The region of Naples, the focal point of the map, was one of the most populous cities in Europe during the time this map was created. Bari, another notable city, is depicted as a bustling port town, serving as a gateway to the east. Messina, a historically significant city due to its strategic location, is also prominently featured.

In addition to cities, the map also highlights several natural landmarks, such as the Parco Nazionale del Gargano. This national park, known for its diverse flora and fauna, is a testament to the region's rich natural beauty. The map also depicts various waterways, canals, and mountains, each hand-colored and engraved with the utmost attention to detail.

The map is not just a geographical representation but also a historical document. It showcases the administrative boundaries of the time, giving us a glimpse into the political landscape of the late 17th century. Decorative cartouches, coats of arms, and a compass rose add to the map's aesthetic appeal, making it a perfect blend of art and history. This map, with its rich details and historical significance, is more than just a decorative piece. It's a journey back in time, a chance to explore the world as it was known centuries ago.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Aprutium Ulterius and Citerius (Abruzzo)

  1. L'Aquila: Founded in the 13th century, it's known for its Renaissance buildings and the Basilica of San Bernardino.
  2. Chieti: One of the oldest cities in Italy, it was known as Theate Marrucinorum during Roman times.
  3. Pescara: Known as Aternum in ancient times, it was a significant port on the Adriatic Sea.

Comitatus Molisius (Molise)

  1. Campobasso: The capital city of the region, it's known for the Monforte Castle from the 16th century.
  2. Isernia: Known as Aesernia in ancient times, it's one of the oldest cities in the region.

Terra Laboris (Campania)

  1. Naples: One of the most populous cities in Europe during the 17th century, it was known as Neapolis in ancient times.
  2. Salerno: An important city during the Norman and Hohenstaufen periods, it was known for its medical school.
  3. Avellino: Known as Abellinum in Roman times, it was a significant town in the region.

Capitaniata (Apulia)

  1. Bari: A bustling port town during the 17th century, it served as a gateway to the east.
  2. Foggia: Known as Foggia in Roman times, it was a significant agricultural center.
  3. Taranto: Known as Tarentum in ancient times, it was a major Spartan colony.

Principatus Ulterior et Citerior (Basilicata)

  1. Potenza: The capital city of the region, it's known for its rich history and culture.
  2. Matera: Known for its ancient cave dwellings, it's one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

Terra Bariensis et Hidruntina (Calabria)

  1. Reggio Calabria: Known as Rhegium in ancient times, it was a significant city in Magna Graecia.
  2. Catanzaro: Known for its silk industry during the 17th century.
  3. Cosenza: Known as Consentia in ancient times, it was a significant city in Magna Graecia.

Calabria Citerior et Ulterior

  1. Messina: A historically significant city due to its strategic location, it was known as Messana in ancient times.
  2. Syracuse: Known as Siracusa in ancient times, it was a significant city in Magna Graecia.
  3. Catania: Known as Catana in ancient times, it was a significant city in Magna Graecia.

Notable natural attractions:

  • Parco Nazionale del Gargano: Known for its diverse flora and fauna.
  • Mount Vesuvius: Famous for its eruption in AD 79 which led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii.
  • The Strait of Messina: A narrow passage between the eastern tip of Sicily and the western tip of Calabria.
  • The Ionian Sea: Known for its clear and deep blue waters.
  • The Adriatic Sea: Known for its shallow depth and clear waters.

Notable historical events between 1600 and 1690:

  • 1609: The publication of the Sidereus Nuncius by Galileo Galilei, which revolutionized the field of astronomy.
  • 1631: The eruption of Mount Vesuvius, one of the deadliest in European history.
  • 1688: The Revolt of Masaniello, a popular uprising in Naples.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps of Europe and European cities to see if something else catches your eye.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

My standard frame is a gallery style black ash hardwood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. My standard frame is around 20mm (0.8in) wide.

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Most maps are also available as a framed canvas. The map is printed on matte (not shiny) canvas, stretched over a box frame, and then 'floated' within a simple wood frame. The end result is quite beautiful, and there's no glazing in front of your map.

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Alternatively, I can also supply old maps on canvas, foam board, cotton rag and other materials.

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My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/200gsm. It's perfect for framing.

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I can also make maps on canvas, cotton rag and other exotic materials.

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If you're looking for the perfect anniversary or housewarming gift, I can personalise your map to make it truly unique. For example, I can add a short message, or highlight an important location, or add your family's coat of arms.

The options are almost infinite. Please see my map personalisation page for some wonderful examples of what's possible.

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Get in touch if you're looking for more complex customisations and personalisations.

Map ageing

I have been asked hundreds of times over the years by customers if they could buy a map that looks even older.

Well, now you can, by selecting Aged before you add a map to your basket.

All the product photos you see on this page show the map in its Original form. This is what the map looks like today.

If you select Aged, I will age your map by hand, using a special and unique process developed through years of studying old maps, talking to researchers to understand the chemistry of aging paper, and of course... lots of practice!

If you're unsure, stick to the Original colour of the map. If you want something a bit darker and older looking, go for Aged.

See some amazing examples of Aged maps.

If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.

I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984. I'm a 5-star Etsy seller. I have sold tens of thousands of maps and have over 4,000 real 5-star reviews.

I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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