Auction 134, Lot 440

"Dioecesis Bergensis Tabula", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Norway

Period: 1662 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

20.8 x 17.2 inches
52.8 x 43.7 cm

This handsome map of the Bishopric of Bergen is covered with graphic, though mostly imaginary, topographical detail. It extends to include the mountain plateau that is now the Hardangervidda National Park. Detail is confined primarily along the coastline, particularly in the vicinity of Bergen. The map is richly embellished with title and distance scale cartouches and sailing ships in the sea. It is nearly identical to Jansson's map of the region and was added to Blaeu's Atlas Major to counter the competition from his rival. Latin text on verso.


Condition: B

Offsetting from the text on verso, else very good. Fold separations in the blank margins have been properly repaired.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $275

Closed on 12/1/2010