"Namurcum Comitatus Auctore Iohann Surhonio", Blaeu, (Family)
Period: 1654 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
20.8 x 16.3 inches
52.8 x 41.4 cm
Centered on the riverside town of Namur at the confluence of the Meuse and Sambre Rivers, this map is based on the once secret map of Jacques Surhon (1555). It is beautifully engraved to show the cities, bridges, villages and forests and features magnificent title and distance scale cartouches. A third cartouche depicts a musketeer displaying a very unique compass rose. French text on verso.
There are a few small spots in the image, two edge tears confined to the blank margins, and a hint of toning along the edge of the sheet. An ownership label is adhered to the lower right corner, well away from the image.