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Auction 101, Lot 324

"Wilhelmostadum", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Netherlands

Period: 1647 (published)

Publication: Stedenatlas van de Vereenigde Nederlanden

Color: Hand Color

8.6 x 5.9 inches
21.8 x 15 cm
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Fine bird's eye plan of the little Renaissance town of Willemstad. The formally planned city is perfectly constructed inside a seven-sided fortress with the church at center. The engraving shows great detail, right down to the canons and gardens. Ships are shown in the harbor and docks and the map is decorated with a herald and cartouche.

References: Reps, Making of Urban America, p. 11.

Condition: A

Lovely muted original color. Trimmed from a folio sheet with part of text below map. Couple of ink stains in wide margins. Remnants of masking tape on corners of verso.

Estimate: $120 - $180

Sold for: $275

Closed on 12/4/2002