Amsterdam: Willem Blaeu. unbound. Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 14 7/8" x 19 3/8" very good.
Beautiful map of southern Spain in original color with gold highlights, circa 1650. Shows Andalusia with Seville, Cordoba and the Strait of Gibraltar. Decorative features include ornate cartouches with cherubs and architectural elements, a compass rose, ships and two coats of arms. Minor overall aging and offsetting, 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.