Auction 114, Lot 354

"Nova Europae Descriptio", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Europe

Period: 1660 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
21.8 x 17 inches
55.4 x 43.2 cm

A stunning carte-a-figures map of Europe extending to include Iceland and a bit of Greenland. It is flanked at sides with portraits of eight European monarchs. Six vignette views at top show the cities of Rome, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Seville and Prague. The map is very finely engraved and further embellished with a title cartouche surmounted by the personification of Europa.

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Condition: B

Attractive later color with minor soiling. Backed with laid paper repairing several short tears and minor creases. Despite its flaws, still an acceptable example of a very decorative map that will be beautiful when framed.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 3/1/2006

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