"Waldeck Comitatus", Blaeu, Willem
Period: 1644 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.6 x 15 inches
49.8 x 38.1 cm
Handsome map of the region surrounding Waldeck in northern Hessen. The map is finely engraved to show rivers, forests, mountains, cites and villages. It is decorated with the coat-of-arms as part of the decorative title cartouche. A second cartouche contains the distance scale with putti using surveying equipment. Dutch text on verso with fine wood-block logo featuring angels.
A beautiful example with a dark, early impression on a thick sheet with wide margins. Centerfold separations in the upper and lower margins have been reinforced on the verso with tissue. A little very light toning in upper left quadrant and a faint water stain in lower margin at left.