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Auction 189, Lot 360

Uncommon Variant of Blaeu's Map of Europe

"Europa Recens Descripta", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Europe

Period: 1633 (circa)

Publication: Wahrhafftige Beschreibung all Denckwurdigsten Geschichten…

Color: Hand Color

18.2 x 14.3 inches
46.2 x 36.3 cm
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This is an uncommon and interesting variant of one of the most famous 17th century maps of the continent of Europe. It covers all of Europe and extends to include Iceland and the mythical island of Frisland. The map first appeared with a carte-a-figures border (remnants of the figures are visible along the left border). This example, a variant of the third state without the decorative borders, is from a German edition of Emmanuel van Meteren's history book, printed by Blaeu. Even without the famous borders, this is an impressively decorative map embellished with Neptune, ships, sea battles, sea monsters, lions, and bears.


Condition: B+

On a sheet with a Strasbourg Lily watermark. The top margin has been professionally extended to better accommodate framing and a few small wormholes have been infilled. A small hole and several tears near the center of the map have been professionally repaired, with a small portion of the map replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $650

Closed on 9/14/2022