Auction 116, Lot 529

"Belsia Vulgo La Beausse", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: France

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.


Condition: A+

Crisp impression on thick hand laid paper with wide margins.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $130

Closed on 9/20/2006