Amsterdam: Johannes Blaeu.
Map. Copper plate engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 15" x 19.5".
This incredible map by Willem and Johannes Blaeu dates to circa 1640. Featuring the famous French wine making region of Champagne, the map labels numerous villages, towns, rivers, and important cities including Chalons, Reims, Vitry-le-Francois and Sainte Menehould. Mountains and forests are beautifully rendered in profile. Decorative title and scale cartouches in the bottom corners feature cherubs. The title cartouche also includes a coat of arms.
World famous for its spectacular sparkling wines of the same name, the region of Champagne was historically bound by the bishopric of Liege and Luxembourg in the north and Burgundy in the south. The map is in good condition with minor wear along the centerfold. Minor foxing. Original plate mark is visible.
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. This series was published by his son Johannes (c. 1599-1673), who took over the business upon his father's death. This is a beautiful example of his work.t