"Demontium", Blaeu, Johannes
Subject: Italy, Demonte
Period: 1666 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Statuum Regiae Celsitudinis Sabaudiae Ducis, Pedemontii Principis
Color: Black & White
24 x 18 inches
61 x 45.7 cm
This is a very rare bird's-eye plan of the city of Demonte situated on the banks of the Stura di Demonte near the Italian- French border. The plan provides a very detailed view of the houses, gardens, churches and the fortress on the hill overlooking the city. Blaeu's Townbook of Savoy and Piedmont, better known as the Theatrum Sabaudiae was initiated in the 1660's by Carlo Emanuele II, Duke of Savoy from 1638 to 1675. However it was not published until after the deaths of both Blaeu and the duke in 1682 by Blaeu's heirs. The original drawing was executed by Giovenale Boetto, an Italian military architect, and then etched in Amsterdam, likely by Romeyn de Hooghe.
Sharp impression and wide original margins. Light toning along fold with a bit of faint foxing. Masking tape hinge remnants on verso, from a previous framing, none close to image.