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Auction 186, Lot 404

Rare Carte-a-Figures Map of Europe

"Nova Europae Descriptio", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Europe

Period: 1660 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.9 x 17.2 inches
55.6 x 43.7 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: B+

Excellent impression with a hint of toning. There are professional repairs to a small hole between the views of Paris and London, centerfold separations at top and bottom, a tear that extends from the right edge of the sheet to the Black Sea, and chips in the top corners of the sheet that do not affect the image.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,100

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 2/9/2022