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Auction 161, Lot 486

Rare Carte-a-Figures Map of Europe

"Nova Europae Descriptio ", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Europe

Period: 1660 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22 x 17.3 inches
55.9 x 43.9 cm
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A stunning carte-a-figures map of Europe extending to include Iceland and a bit of Greenland. It is flanked at sides with portraits of eight European monarchs. Six vignette views at top show the cities of Rome, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Seville and Prague. The map is very finely engraved and further embellished with a title cartouche surmounted by the personification of Europa.


Condition: A

A dark impression, issued folding, with professional repairs to a few short fold separations. The left margin has been extended a bit to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $2,400 - $3,000

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 2/8/2017