Terranova.A. Pezzo di pavimento rivilto in modo del tremoto centrale che la base è in luogo di superficie e quaesta in luogo di quella.
Engraving with original colour, margins with grey wash. 210 x 330mm (8½ x 13"). Very large margins.
A view of the town of Villanova, which was badly damaged by the Calabrian earthquakes of February and March 1793. Pompeo Schiantarelli (1746-1802/5), an architect, led a team from Neapolitan Academy of Science and Letters to record the devastation, which killed 35,000 people in the region. He also helped with the rebuilding efforts, planning two towns, Polistena and Mileto. Schianarellu published his account as 'Istoria de' fenomeni del tremoto avvenuto nelle Calabrie e nel Valdemone nell'anno 1783' (Account of the Effects of the Earthquake in Calabria in 1783). The plates are very similar in style to those in William Hamilton's study of volcanoes, 'Campi Phlegraei', 1776-9, also published in Naples.
[Ref: 37116] £220.00