Amsterdam: Willem Blaeu. unbound. Map. Engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 15" x 19 5/8" very good.
Nice map of Northern Africa, part of Spain and the Strait of Gibraltar, circa 1640. Decorative elements include centaurs around the title cartouche and schooners at sea. North is oriented to the right. Latin text on verso. Minor overall toning, chipping along edges. Full original margins. 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.