Auction 148, Lot 563

"Sclavonia, Croatia, Bosnia cum Dalmatiae Parte. Auct. Ger. Mercatore", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Balkans

Period: 1643 (published)

Publication: Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas

Color: Hand Color

19.7 x 15.1 inches
50 x 38.4 cm

The course of the Danube and its tributaries across the northwestern Balkans is the focus of this handsome map. It shows the political divisions of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Dalmatia and locates even the tiniest hamlets. The title is enclosed in a strapwork title cartouche that credits the map to Gerard Mercator. The coats of arms of the Venetian Republic, Habsburg Monarchy, and Ottoman Empire reflect the power struggle that dominated this region. French text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #7601:2A.

Condition: A

A nice impression on watermarked paper with old color that has been partially refreshed and a soft crease at top left of image. There are some faint damp stains in bottom blank margin that enter map border in a few spots.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $120

Closed on 2/19/2014