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Auction 141, Lot 434

"[Lot of 3] Dania Regnum [and] Zeelandia Insula Danicarum Maxima [and] Fionia vulgo Funen", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Denmark

Period: 1680 (circa)


Color: Black & White

21 x 17.3 inches
53.3 x 43.9 cm

This lot includes 3 maps representing all of Denmark. There is no text on back indicating they were issued after the demise of the great Blaeu publishing empire, as these were among the plates auctioned in 1677 following the fire that destroyed the printing house. Size varies slightly.

A. Dania Regnum. This is a large, attractive map of Denmark and southern Sweden with good detail throughout. The map is adorned with five sailing ships and a title cartouche featuring the Danish coat of arms supported by the traditional woodwose. Condition: Watermarked paper with old color on the five ships. There are light stains and two small holes that have been infilled. (C+)

B. Zeelandia Insula Danicarum Maxima. This decorative map of Zealand extends to the coastlines of Sweden, Fyn and several surrounding islands. There is good detail of political divisions, forested areas, and cities, including Copenhagen (Kiobenhafven) on the eastern coast. The map is adorned with five ships, a strapwork title cartouche flanked by cows and sheep, and a blank secondary cartouche featuring a coat of arms with a serpent coiled around a column, signifying wisdom with fortitude. Condition: Watermarked paper with light soiling, a few spots of foxing at far right, and a couple of tears in bottom right corner that have been professionally repaired. (C+)

C. Fionia vulgo Funen. Fine map of Fyn, Langeland and Als decorated with two distinctive cartouches, fancy scroll calligraphy and sailing ships. A large coat of arms is at upper left and the title cartouche featuring farmers and cows is at lower left. At right is a second cartouche containing a distance scale in an unusual vertical format. Condition: Watermarked paper with old color on the three ships and a few small spots. (B+)



Paper has been added in blank margins to repair several chips on each of the maps, which enter image on two maps. Backed with Japanese tissue. See above for additional details.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $140

Closed on 9/5/2012