Rare example of William Berry's 2 sheet map of Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, and adjoining regions.
The map includes a large dedication cartouche to Charles II, King of England. Dated 1682, the map was issued shortly after Charles dissolved the English Parliament in 1681 and the Popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis, when it was revealed that Charles's brother and heir presumptive, James, Duke of York, was a Catholic. The crisis saw the birth of the pro-exclusion Whig and anti-exclusion Tory parties. Charles sided with the Tories, and, following the discovery of the Rye House Plot to murder Charles and James in 1683, some Whig leaders were executed or forced into exile.
William Berry's maps were typically issued separately and are extremely rare on the market.