Auction 148, Lot 496

The First Separately Published Map of Finland

"Magnus Ducatus Finlandiae Auct. Andrea Buraeo Sueco", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Finland

Period: 1662 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.6 x 17.1 inches
52.3 x 43.4 cm

This superb map was the first separately printed map of Finland, and was also found in several editions of Blaeu's Atlas Maior and in a few composite atlases. The map is attributed to Anders Bure (1571-1646), a Swedish cartographer and mathematician. Bure, also known as Andreas Bureus, is best known for his 6-sheet map of Scandinavia and for serving as the first director of the Swedish land survey. The map shows the numerous lakes, rivers, and waterways in Finland, which was a Grand Duchy of the Swedish Empire at the time of publication. The title cartouche is adorned with the coats of arms of the various regions in Finland, held aloft by two putti. The map is dedicated to Gustav Horn, a Swedish/Finnish politician and military commander who was appointed Field Marshall by the King of Sweden at the outset of the Thirty Years War. No text on verso, indicating that this example was likely bound in a composite atlas.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #1470:2.

Condition: A

Nice impression and color with just a hint of toning along centerfold.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 2/19/2014