Auction 140, Lot 592

"Circulus Westphalicus, sive Germaniae Inferioris", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Northern Germany

Period: 1645 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.9 x 16.1 inches
53.1 x 40.9 cm

This beautifully engraved regional map of Germany is roughly centered on Munster, and extends to include part of the Netherlands. It covers the region from the Baltic, as far east as Hanover and west and south to Maastricht. Prominent are the courses of the rivers Weser, Ems, and the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta, one of the largest deltas in western Europe. The map does not have a compass rose, but north is to the right. A fabulous figural title cartouche with coat-of-arms incorporates a small map of Hamburg. Spanish text on verso.


Condition: B+

Lovely color with wide margins, a few faint spots, and some minor printer's creases along the centerfold and title cartouche. A short centerfold separation in bottom blank margin has been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $220 - $250

Sold for: $160

Closed on 5/23/2012