Auction 149, Lot 571

"Cyprus Insula", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Cyprus

Period: 1641 (circa)

Publication: Novus Atlas

Color: Hand Color

19.9 x 15 inches
50.5 x 38.1 cm

This superb map of the island of Cyprus is geographically based on the earlier work of Ortelius. But it is the beautiful composition that makes it one of the most desirable maps of the island; many of its decorative features were copied by other cartographers. At top are two coats of arms; at center the arms of the House of the Lusignans, and at left the Turkish arms. The map is attractively arrayed with compass roses, sailing ships, and rhumb lines. The large cartouche at bottom right shows Aphrodite being drawn across the sea in a seashell chariot pulled by a pair of swans, while Cupid pierces her heart with an arrow. German text on verso.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #91; Stylianou #112; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #8130:2.

Condition: B

Nice impression and original color. Trimmed close to the neatline at left and right with a chip in bottom right corner replaced with old paper, with a small portion of neatline replaced in facsimile. There is light show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $750

Closed on 5/21/2014