Auction 137, Lot 530

"Estats des Couronnes de Dannemark, Suede, et Pologne sur la Mer Baltique…", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Baltic

Period: 1705 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

27.3 x 17.3 inches
69.3 x 43.9 cm

De Fer's two-sheet map of northern Europe. The map extends from Belgium through the Baltic states and over to Smolensk and Braclaw. Major trade routes, both on sea and land, are traced throughout the map. Herman van Loon engraved this beautiful map and richly embellished it with three cartouches. The primary title cartouche fills the upper-left corner with scenes of war and victory, and below that is an inset map of Hven Island, the location of Tycho Brahe's observatory. In the opposite corner is a secondary title cartouche Carte des Estats de Suede, de Dannemarq, et de Pologne; sur la Mer Baltique… flanked by a bear at left and a galloping horse at right. The scale of miles cartouche is festooned with wind heads blowing strong, wintry winds. The coordinates for major cities are noted within the borders.


Condition: B

Old color with toning along centerfold and a professionally repaired separation at centerfold, with small loss of image. Also vertical creasing to the right of centerfold, and some marginal soiling.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $230

Closed on 9/14/2011