Amsterdam: Willem Blaeu.
Map. Engraving with original hand color. Image measures 15 x 19.5".
This wonderful map from circa 1635 covers the Dordogne River valley region in southwest France. It extends south from the Dordogne River and labels several important towns including Sarlat, Bergerac, Molieres, Domme, Ville Franche, Monbazillac, Montignac, etc. Based on the work of Jean Tarde, a mathematician and astronomer, and the Canon of Sarlat, the map beautifully renders mountains and cities in profile and notes towns, villages, rivers and other topography.
The French department of Dordogne is famous for the sweet white wine from the village of Monbazillac. The region is also known for the soft goat cheese, Cabecou.
A large and elaborate title cartouche in the top left features cherubs holding up the cartouche with ribbons and grapes. The map is in good condition with minor wear along the centerfold and some offsetting. Small repair near bottom centerfold, not affecting the printed area.
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 is a beautiful example of his work.