Auction 139, Lot 397

Blaeu's Carte-a-Figures Map of Europe

"Europa Recens Descripta", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Europe

Period: 1649 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
21.8 x 16 inches
55.4 x 40.6 cm

This classic map of Europe is presented in the carte-de-figures style with vignettes on three sides. The upper frieze has nine bird's-eye views of Amsterdam, Prague, Constantinople, Venice, Rome, Paris, London, Toledo and Lisbon. The side borders contain the costumes of the noblemen and women of ten European nations. The map is embellished with sailing ships, sea monsters, bears and Neptune riding a dolphin and holding his trident. A beautiful map produced at the height of the Golden Age of Dutch mapmaking; it was included in the first volume of Blaeu's magnificent atlas. Dutch text on verso.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #4, p.30.

Condition: A

Lovely color with wide margins. There are two tiny holes in right blank margin and a professionally repaired tear in left blank margin, far from map image.

Estimate: $3,750 - $4,500

Sold for: $2,750

Closed on 2/15/2012

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