Auction 139, Lot 484

"Sueviae Nova Tabula", Hondius/Blaeu

Subject: Germany and Switzerland

Period: 1635 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19 x 14.5 inches
48.3 x 36.8 cm

This is Blaeu's edition of the Hondius map of Baden-Wurttemberg (Schwaben) that includes parts of Switzerland and Bavaria. It is well engraved with remarkable detail throughout. Centered on Ulm, the map details the Danube River valley and includes Augsburg, Stuttgart, Zurich, Lucerne, Basel, Heidelberg and Lake Constance. The region's importance was its strategic position between the upper reaches of two of Europe's most important rivers, the Danube and the Rhine. Blaeu obtained 39 plates upon Jodocus Hondius' death on August 18, 1629. Blaeu deleted Hondius' name and added his own imprint. The sheet is embellished with four cartouches including a very decorative title cartouche. Latin text on verso.


Condition: A

Strong impression with old color. There are paper tape remnants on verso from earlier framing and a tiny tear in lower blank margin that does not impact the image.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 2/15/2012