Coronelli’s plan of Ayuthaya

By CORONELLI, Vincenzo, 1695 
£4,000
£2,400

Siam, ó Iudia,… Dedicata Dal P. Cosmografo Coronelli, All’Illustrissimo Sig: Giovanni Emo, Figliuolo dell’Eccellentissimo S. Pietro.

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  • Author: CORONELLI, Vincenzo
  • Publication place: Venice
  • Publication date: 1695.
  • Physical description: Double page engraved plan.
  • Dimensions: 460 by 620mm (18 by 24.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2842

Notes

Fine and detailed plan of Ayuthaya in Thailand — sourced from the French embassy to Siam in 1685 — by Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, the great seventeenth century Italian cartographer.

A Minorite friar, cosmographer and cartographer, Coronelli (1640–1718) founded the first geographical society, the Accademia degli Argonauti. In 1678 he built a pair of globes for the Duke of Parma that attracted the attention of the French ambassador, César d’Estrée who subsequently invited Coronelli to Paris. There Coronelli built the pair of gigantic, 15-foot globes which he presented to Louis XIV in 1683 and which would bring him fame throughout Europe. Upon his return to Venice, Coronelli was contracted by Jean-Baptiste Nolin (1657–1725) to publish a replica of these globes, scaled down to a diameter of 3 ½ ‑foot, and financed through subscription by members of the Argonauti.