Auction 140, Lot 611

"Lacus Lemanni Locorumque Circumiacentium Accuratissima Descriptio", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Switzerland

Period: 1645 (circa)

Publication: Novus Atlas

Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 16.3 inches
52.1 x 41.4 cm

This beautifully engraved chart of the vicinity of Lake Geneva in Switzerland is based the work of Swiss theologian Jacques Goulart. It is filled with minute detail including estates, vineyards, parks, fortified cities, tiny villages, and several notations concerning the Duke of Savoy's numerous attempts to gain control over Geneva. The map is richly embellished with a compass rose, sail boats and fishermen in the lake, and three decorative cartouches. The title cartouche is topped with the coat of arms of Geneva supported by cherubs in military garb. French text on verso.


Condition: B

Old color with slightly uneven toning and a centerfold separation that just enters map at bottom that has been repaired with old paper on recto, covering up the neatline. There are a few spots and some errant marks of color.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 5/23/2012