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Auction 116, Lot 428

"Insula Sacra; vulgo Holy Iland; et Farne", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: British Islands

Period: 1645 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 15.2 inches
47 x 38.6 cm
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This attractive map portrays Holy and Farne Islands off the coast of Northumberland. Farne Island is shown with the Tower in a fortification. On Holy Island, the Old Fort, an abbey, and the King's Bridge are shown. The mainland is devoid of detail except for a few cities and castles. The map is decorated with a strapwork title cartouche and a beautiful rendering of the royal coat of arms. Dutch text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Atlantes) 5770:2.

Condition: A

A near fine example with dark impression (with light printer's ink residue) and fine coloring. Printed on thick hand laid paper with huge margins. Apparent centerfold toning is show though of backstrap.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/20/2006