Auction 134, Lot 423

"Monumethensis Comitatus. Vernacule Monmouth Shire", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Wales

Period: 1645 (circa)

Publication: Novus Atlas

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm

This fine and highly decorative map describes the county in the south east of Wales which in Welch is Sir Fynwy. The map is embellished with two cartouches with figures and putti, the Royal coat of arms, the local coat of arms and a plumed crown with "Sche Diene" along the rim. This very handsome map is from the fourth volume of Blaeu's atlas which focused on England and Wales. Latin text on verso with page number 297 at upper right.

References: Skelton 28.

Condition: A

A crease along part of centerfold and split at fold in upper blank margin. Stunning impression and color. During printing the plate held a film of ink which gives a very light gray affect to blank areas - beautiful and very difficult to accomplish by any but the most skilled printers.

Estimate: $500 - $700

Sold for: $375

Closed on 12/1/2010