"Nova Picardiae Tabula", Blaeu/Mortier
Period: 1693 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.3 x 15.3 inches
54.1 x 38.9 cm
Towns and villages fill this map of the northern part of France, from Calais to the Ardennes. It is exquisitely decorated with title and scale of miles cartouches and a coat of arms. The map was originally published by Blaeu in 1635 and the plate was purchased by Pierre Mortier after a fire destroyed the Blaeu printing house in 1672.
Lightly toned, damage in the blank margins includes some paper loss, none close to the map. The paper edges on verso are adhered with masking tape from a previous framing. The map itself is very attractive.