Auction 150, Lot 500

"Alpinae seu Foederatae Rhaetiae Suditarumque ei Terrarum Nova Descriptio", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Eastern Switzerland

Period: 1642 (circa)

Publication: Toonneel des Aerdrycx, oft Nieuwe Atlas

Color: Hand Color

19.7 x 15 inches
50 x 38.1 cm

Handsome map of eastern Switzerland and northern Italy around Lake Como. The region is known as Graubunden, which was once part of a Roman province called Raetia. The map highlights the fortifications along the Adda River, as well as provides excellent information on the topography, cities and tiny villages throughout the region. Each corner of the map is adorned with a decorative cartouche. The title cartouche credits Philip Cluver and features a soldier and river gods, and the cartouche at top right dedicates the map to Hadrianus Pauw. Engraved by Evert Symonsz van Hamersveldt. Dutch text on verso, published between 1642-43.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #4940:2.2.

Condition: B+

Old color and wide margins with some printer's ink residue, marginal soiling, and an archivally repaired centerfold separation in bottom margin.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/17/2014