Auction 148, Lot 527

"Rhenus Fluviorum Europae Celeberrimus, cum Mosa, Mosella, et Reliquis, in Illum se Exonerantibus, Fluminibus", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Central Europe, Rhine River

Period: 1643 (published)

Publication: Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas

Color: Hand Color

38.9 x 16.4 inches
98.8 x 41.7 cm

This splendid map depicts the Rhine River valley from its headwaters in southern Switzerland to where it empties into the North Sea in the Netherlands. The map is fully engraved with the tributaries of the Rhine, hundreds of towns, political boundaries, and even graphic depictions of mountains and forests. Oriented with north to the right, the map is embellished with a large allegorical cartouche featuring Bacchus, river gods, and woodland animals. A decorative cartouche at top right dedicates the map to Andreae Bickero. The distance scale includes a row of putti holding the coats of arms of the regions represented in the map. Blank verso. On two sheets, professionally joined.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #1120:2B.

Condition: A

A nice impression on watermarked paper with old color that has been partially refreshed. There is some very minor soiling and crumpling of the bottom edge of the sheet, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $450

Closed on 2/19/2014