Amsterdam. unbound. Map. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 17 3/8" x 21.5" very good.
This beautiful map of the province of Languedoc, the French winemaking region in southern France by Willem Bleau dates to circa 1645. Covers from Auvergne to the Mediterranean and includes extraordinary detail throughout, noting several towns, rivers and topographical features.
The region of Languedoc is one of the largest wine producing region in France with some of the oldest vineyards. It is also famous for the production of cheeses including the Pelardon and Perail cheeses. Languedoc is also an important stopping point on the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella.
The map is in good condition with minor aging along the edges and centerfold. A few small chips to bottom and left edges. Willem Blaeu (1571-1638) was a prolific Dutch mapmaker who started one of the most famous map publishing firms of the 17th century. It was at this time that the Dutch controlled the map trade, and their ornate and beautiful maps had immense popularity. Blaeu was instrumental in driving this dominance in his lifetime, and this legacy was continued by his sons.