Auction 116, Lot 416

"Europa recens descripta", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Europe

Period: 1633 (circa)

Publication: Wahrhafftige Beschreibung all denckwurdigsten Geschichten…

Color: Hand Color

18.2 x 14 inches
46.2 x 35.6 cm

This is an uncommon variant of one of the most famous 17th Century maps of the continent of Europe. The map extends to include Iceland and the mythical island of Frisland. The map first appeared with a carte-a-figures border. This example, without the decorative borders, is from a Dutch history book by Emmanuel van Meteren printed by Blaeu. Even without the famous borders, this is a decorative map embellished with sailing ships, sea monsters, lions, bears and Neptune riding a dolphin and holding his trident.


Condition: B

Lightly toned with a few light spots. Narrow, but adequate margins, as issued.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 9/20/2006