Amsterdam: Willem Blaeu.
Map. Engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 15" x 19.75".
This beautiful map of the Amalfi Coast and Solerno Province of Italy was issued by Willem Blaeu in circa 1640. The map extends from Naples to the Gulf of Policastro. The important regions of Naples and Salerno are noted, which includes the popular tourist destination of the Amalfi Coast. Mount Vesuvius, whose violent eruption in 79 AD buried and destroyed the two cities, is identified. The map also labels lakes, rivers and other topographic features with beautifully rendered mountains and forests. Latin text on verso provides interesting history and description of the region.
An elaborate title cartouche laden with grapes and featuring mer-folk is included in the lower left. The scale cartouche in the top right features surveyor holding a globe. The map is in good condition with minor wear and toning along the original centerfold and minor foxing at places. Latin text on verso.
One of the most prolific Dutch mapmakers of his time, Willem Blaeu (1571-1638) 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 and his family worked out of Amsterdam and was instrumental in driving this dominance in his lifetime, and this legacy was continued by his sons.