Blaeu's Carte-a-Figures Map of Europe
"Europa Recens Descripta", Blaeu, Willem
Period: 1643 (circa)
Publication: Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas
Color: Hand Color
21.8 x 16.1 inches
55.4 x 40.9 cm
This classic map of Europe is presented in the carte-de-figures style with vignettes on three sides. The upper frieze has nine bird's-eye views of Amsterdam, Prague, Constantinople, Venice, Rome, Paris, London, Toledo and Lisbon. The side borders contain the costumes of the noblemen and women of ten European nations. The map is embellished with sailing ships, sea monsters, bears and Neptune riding a dolphin and holding his trident. A beautiful map produced at the height of the Golden Age of Dutch mapmaking; it was included in the first volume of Blaeu's magnificent atlas. French text on verso, published between 1643-50.
References: Goss (Blaeu) #4, p.30; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #1000:2.
Old color on watermarked paper with moderate toning and short, professionally repaired centerfold separations at top and bottom.