Auction 110, Lot 428

"Gallia Vetus", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: France

Period: 1645 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm

The cartography of this fine map of ancient France during the Roman Empire is based largely on Caesar's De Bello Gallico. It is engraved to show the mountains, rivers and forests with only a few ancient place names. The names of the regions and tribes of Gallia, as described by Caesar, are listed at sides. Decorated by a bold title cartouche and a coin or seal with a profile of Caesar.


Condition: A

Dark impression and original coloring on a sheet of thick hand laid paper with wide, original margins. Short marginal centerfold split and a hint of centerfold toning, still very good.

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $220

Closed on 3/2/2005