Auction 122, Lot 527

"Pictaviae Ducatus Descriptio, Vulgo le Pais de Poictou", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: France

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.7 x 15 inches
52.6 x 38.1 cm

Fine map of the region that includes the coastline and the cities of Nantes and Rochelle prominently delineated. Richly ornamented with a banner-style title cartouche, the royal arms, a compass rose, sailing ship and a distance scale topped by a wine barrel and flanked by two adorable putti. Dutch text on verso.


Condition: B+

A very dark impression on a sound sheet with a few faint stains in the map and some irregular toning in the top and bottom blank margin. Lower portion of centerfold reinforced on the verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $200 - $275

Sold for: $120

Closed on 12/5/2007