Catalog Archive
Auction 190, Lot 452

"Novam Hanc Territorii Francofurtensis Tabulam Nobilissis Magnificis, Amplissis Prudentissimisq. Dominis...", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Frankfurt, Germany

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

21.8 x 17.8 inches
55.4 x 45.2 cm
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Widely recognized as one of the Blaeu family's most ornamental productions, this map is an exquisite example of the art of mapmaking. The map is centered on Frankfurt and the river Main; the heart of the modern German state of Hesse. The map provides a wealth of information on the countryside including towns, villages, castles, fortifications, bridges, gallows, mills and inns. Across the top are the allegorical figures of Justice, Wisdom, Harmony, and Peace. Surrounding the map is an incredible border made up of 36 coats of arms of the local nobility. Latin text on verso, published between 1640-55.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #2445:2.

Condition: A

A dark impression with full contemporary color on a bright sheet with a large watermark of the god Atlas. There is marginal soiling and paper tape on verso along the centerfold and edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100


Closed on 11/16/2022