The Charta of Greece, 1797

The Charta of Greece, 1797. General State Archives of Greece. Collection of Engravings, n. 475. Creator: Rigas Feraios or Rigas Velestinlis (1757 - 1798)
The Charta of Greece, 1797. General State Archives of Greece. Collection of Engravings, n. 475. Creator: Rigas Feraios or Rigas Velestinlis (1757 – 1798)

This the fourth page of the Charta of Greece, which contains the title of the Charta: “The Charta of Greece showing its islands and part of its numerous colonies in Europe and Asia Minor… firstly published by RIGAS VELESTINLIS of THESSALY, for the sake of Greeks and Philhellenes-1797”.
The cartouche frames the map title, has highly elaborated decorations and includes mythological themes.

The Charta is in a book form and belongs to Type-A (1st edition), copies of which are fewer and older that those of Type-B (2nd edition). It consists of 12 folios joined into 6 bifolios and a separate 13th folio, sewn in four leather tapes. Brown leather has been used for the spine and the corners of the cover and hand-made decorative paper for the covering of the paper boards.

Paper: European, hand-made, laid, heavy weight, off-white colour, elephant size. Watermark: “…& I. HONIG”, indicating a Dutch paper-mill.

Technique: Black and white engraving

Dimensions: 86 x 63 x 2,5 cm

Notes: Until now, 51 copies of the first edition of the Charta are known. The particularity of the GSA Charta is the supplementary folio of the Charta of Moldova. In 1997 and 1998, 200 years after its first publication, 17 known copies of the Charta were characterized historical monuments of the Greek Cultural Heritage.

See: https://www.archivesportaleurope.net/featured-document/-/fed/pk/66452#sthash.MYJA10Np.dpbs

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