- Athens: Sylvia Ioannou Foundation, 2003.
- 9.75 x 12.5 inches
- 240 pages
- ISBN: 9608779219
Price: $75.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 104503
This book contains five units comprising the whole of the Sylvia Ioannou's collection of maps about her homeland, Cyprus. Each unit displays the development of cartography and the history of the island.
The first three units encompass Frankish and Venetian rule. Maps and rare loose sheets illustrate the Frankish walls of Nicosia, the philosophical concept of the world as depicted by the cosmographers, and pages of atlases that made their first appearance while Cyprus was enslaved by the Ottoman Empire. The fourth unit, containing nautical charts, also contains the jewel of the collection, the manuscript isolario of Antonio Millo. The whole set is completed by the fifth unit, combining the cartography of the Age of Enlightenment with the scientific compilation of nautical charts.
In the late 1970s, Sylvia Ioannou began her systematic collection of books concerning Cyprus. Today, her collection comprises unique manuscripts and rare books, covering the period from the late fifteenth to the late nineteenth century, and is one of the most complete of its kind.
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