"Sclavonia, Croatia, Bosnia cum Dalmatiae Parte", Blaeu, Willem
Period: 1640 (circa)
Color: Black & White
19.4 x 15 inches
49.3 x 38.1 cm
The course of the Danube and its tributaries across the northwestern Balkans is the focus of this handsome map. It shows the political divisions of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Dalmatia and locates even the tiniest hamlets. The title is enclosed in a strapwork title cartouche that credits the map to Gerard Mercator. The coats of arms of the Venetian Republic, Habsburg Monarchy, and Ottoman Empire reflect the power struggle that dominated this region.
This lovely example features a dark and early impression on a full sheet with very wide margins. Map image is fine but there is a little light toning in margin. An uncolored example as issued.