"Belsia Vulgo La Beausse", Blaeu, Willem
Period: 1650 (circa)
Publication: Nouvel Atlas
Color: Hand Color
19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm
A great copper engraved map that shows the Loire Valley and locates Paris, Chartres, and Orleans. A spectacular title cartouche features two fire-breathing dragons pulling a chariot, plus a fancy coat of arms, a distance scale held aloft by two cherubs, and a ribbon-style banner with notes. North is oriented to upper right corner. Dutch text, block letter, engraved decoration, and title "Beausse" on verso. A very nice example with later coloring.
Crisp impression on thick hand laid paper with wide margins.