Auction 125, Lot 690

"Cyprus Insula", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Cyprus

Period: 1658 (circa)

Publication: Grooten Atlas

Color: Hand Color

20 x 15 inches
50.8 x 38.1 cm

This superb map of the island of Cyprus is geographically based on the earlier work of Ortelius. But it is the beautiful composition that makes it one of the most desirable maps of the island; many of its decorative features were copied by other cartographers. At top are two coats of arms; at center the arms of the House of the Lusignans, and at left the Turkish arms. The map is attractively arrayed with compass roses, sailing ships, and rhumb lines. The large cartouche at bottom right shows Aphrodite being drawn across the sea in a seashell chariot pulled by a pair of swans, while Cupid pierces her heart with an arrow. Dutch text on verso with wood-block graphics.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #91.

Condition: B+

Nice impression and old color with some faint offsetting. Wide original margins.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500


Closed on 9/24/2008