"[Lot of 2] Livonia, vulgo Lyefland [and] Prussiae Nova Tabula Auctore Gasparo Henneberg Erlichensi", Blaeu, (Family)
Subject: Baltic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Period: 1680 (circa)
Color: Black & White
19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm
This pair of maps reflect the region along the southeastern coast of the Baltic Sea. There is no text on back indicating these 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. Livonia, vulgo Lyefland. This handsome map covers the area of present-day Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, with the Baltic Sea, as well as the neighboring coastlines of Sweden and Finland. The map is embellished with sailing ships, a title cartouche, and the coats of arms for Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Courland (Latvia), Lithuania, Moscovia and Ingria. Condition: A few faint spots with paper added in bottom corners to repair several chips, away from map image.
B. Prussiae Nova Tabula Auctore Gasparo Henneberg Erlichensi. This finely engraved map covers northeastern Poland from about Gdansk to Lithuania, and includes the present-day Russian enclave of Kaliningrad Oblast. The map is filled with detail and engraved with forests, mountains, fortresses. A large strapwork title cartouche attributes the map to Caspar Henneberg von Ehrlichen, a German cartographer. Willem Blaeu's imprint appears in a decorative cartouche at bottom left. A legend, distance scale, and compass rose complete the composition. Condition: A few faint spots with a small abrasion in top border, and an archivally repaired centerfold separation and short tear that enters 1/2" into map image at bottom. Paper has been added in bottom corners to repair several chips, away from map image.
Both are backed in Japanese tissue. See description for additional comments.