…, e dello stato primiero, & attuale di quell’isole, regni, città, populationi, dominii, costumi, sito & imprese, con la breve descrittione particolare sì del suo ambito littorale, che della Grecia, Morea, o’Peloponnese, di Candia, e Cipri
First edition, Modena: Soliani heirs, 1688, additional engraved title page, engraved portrait, 4 engraved maps bound as plates (2 folding, including the map of Cyprus), 59 full-page engraved maps in the text, folding map of the Peloponnese bound upside-down, contemporary vellum, manuscript spine-title, 4to (21.6 x 16.2 cm), A Fine Copy.
First and only edition, rare, especially in this condition with all maps present. Six copies traced in UK libraries; work was probably inspired by the Venetian conquests in Greece in the 1680s. It includes a very thorough and systematic description of the Aegean Islands, Crete, [and] Cyprus, and brief descriptions of Roumeli and the Peloponnesus … The four separate maps are of the Aegean, the Peloponnesus, Crete and Cyprus’ (Blackmer).
The descriptions of each island go into considerable detail about terrain, location of town and villages, churches, and monasteries. They mention the presence of ancient ruins and provide information on medieval history. The lesser-known islands are particularly well treated.
Francesco Piacennza Napolitano, [born in Naples in 1637 , died in Modena 1687], was a doctor of civil and canon law, and professor of geography; he also served as the secretary to the Ambasssador of his Catholic Majesty in Germany for 8 years, thereafter in Bologna as secretary to Cardinal Guzman Buonocampagno who was Bishop.
He became a member of the “Academy of the Immovables/ Dissonanti”& attended the newly founded Modena University where he took the course of Natural sciences which included, for the first time, the study of chemistry.
He was employed by the Duke of Modena, Francesco II de Este to travel to the Aegean and make a description and map thereof ; unfortunately he died before the publication of “L’Egeo redivivo” in 1688.
Piacenza is also famous for his work on Chess “ I compeggiamentidgli Scacchi. “ published in Turin in 1683.
Blackmer 1305; Cobham-Je ery p. 50.