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Beautiful mid-17th century hand-colored map of Italy and surrounding islands

Place/Date: Amsterdam / ca. 1635
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Title: Nova Italiae Delineatio
Dimensions
51.0 x 59.5 cm (20.1 x 23.4 in)
Identifier
NL-00191
Coloring
Old color
Condition Rating
VG

Description

Lovely example of Blaeu’s first map of Italy, with Sardinia, Corsica and parts of Sicily.

Features an ornate title cartouche and scale information, sailing ships, and a sea monster.

Cartographer(s)

Willem Blaeu

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) founded one of history’s greatest cartographic publishing firms in 1599. This map is indicative of the duplication by the firms of Blaeu and Hondius/Jansson. In this case, Blaeu has copied a Janssonius map of 1637.

Condition Description

Excellent condition with ample margins; moderate toning, reinforced centerfold.

References

Borri 84.

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