1640 W. Blaeu - Regno di Napoli
Handsome 1640 map of southern Italy with decorative coats-of-arms
Regno di Napoli
Amsterdam, c. 1640
38.5 x 49.5 cm (15.2 x 19.5 in)
Lovely example of Willem Blaeu's map of the Kingdom of Napoli, lavishly decorated with a figurative cartouche, a royal coat-of-arms in the upper right, and arms of the twelve provinces of the Kingdom along the sides.
W. Blaeu, a student of astronomer Tycho Brahe, founded a workshop for the construction of globes in 1599. Almost immediately he began to also publish maps, leading in 1630 to the creation of the Atlantis Appendix and, five years later, the first edition in two volumes of the Atlas Novus. After his death in 1662, his son Johan published the famous Atlas Maior in 11 volumes. In 1672 a fire destroyed the workshop and ended the business.
Verso text: Latin.
Splendid example with ample margins.