"Hollandia Comitatus", Blaeu, Willem
Subject: Western Netherlands
Period: 1641 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
20.6 x 15.4 inches
52.3 x 39.1 cm
This elegantly engraved chart is oriented with north to the upper right by three small compass roses. It shows the western half of the country including the present-day provinces of North and South Holland, Utrecht, and part of Zeeland and Brabant. Opposite of the Zuyder Zee (now IJsselmeer) is part of the province of Friesland. An inset shows the Wadden Sea and the islands off the northern coast. The map is embellished with tiny sailing ships and fishing boats as well as a coat of arms. There are three cartouches: one for the title at top left, a blank one with a lion seated on top of it (bottom left), and one encasing the distance scale (bottom right). German text on verso, published between 1641-70.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #3400:2B.
Attractive original color and wide margins with light toning along the centerfold, minor soiling, and a centerfold separation in the bottom blank margin. There is a deaccessioned library stamp on verso that shows through lightly on verso above the distance scale.