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Auction 132, Lot 437

"Norvegia Regnum, vulgo Nor-Ryke", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Norway

Period: 1662 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.7 x 16.3 inches
50 x 41.4 cm

This is one of the few early, separate maps of Norway, and perhaps the most decorative map of the country. It is richly decorated with elaborate cartouches and coats of arms. The cartouche at lower right includes a dedication to Prince Christian who became King Christian V of Denmark and Norway in 1670. The map depicts Norway up to Senja with the adjacent territories that had recently been acquired by Sweden through the treaties of Roskilde and Copenhagen. Detail is confined primarily to the coastlines and rivers, as there was very little known of the mountainous interior during this period. Dutch text on verso.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #6, p.34-5.

Condition: B+

Lovely old color with a nice impression and some minor offsetting and extremely wide original margins

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000

Sold for: $2,400

Closed on 6/2/2010