BLAEU, Johannes

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Place Published: Amsterdam

Description: Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 16.25" x 20.75".

Comments: Exquisite town plan of Grolla in Holland, circa 1649, shown in an unusual panoramic birds-eye view. Features the fortress and the surrounding pastoral landscape. Includes a coat of arms, which is hand burnished with beautiful gold leaf. Cartouche and scale are also decorated in gold leaf. Wonderful vignette in bottom left corner of two men fighting on horseback. Latin text on verso. Published around the time of the Spanish acknowledgment of the Dutch Republic in "Novum Ac Magnum Theatrum Urbium Belgicae Liberae Ac Foederataee" ("Town books of the Netherlands"). Many of the town plans included in this publication emphasized their strategic importance in response to the Spanish occupation. One of the most famous mapmakers of his time, Willem Blaeu (1571-1638) and his family worked out of Amsterdam. This series was published by his son Johannes (c. 1599-1673), who took over the business upon his father's death. Overall toning, chipping to edges.

Binding: unbound
Condition: very good
Language: English
Type: Maps

Book ID: 208853

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