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Borbonium, Ducatus

Borbonium, Ducatus : W. & J. Blaeu

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A good example of a finely engraved and attractively coloured map from Willem and Joan Blaeu's "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" - one of the finest atlas productions of the seventeenth century. The Blaeu family, from about 1630, were regarded as the finest map and atlas publishers until around 1670 when the family warehouse burnt down. The maps are known for their fine presentation, detail and elaborate decorative cartouches and vignettes. This detailed map shows the area of Bourbon, a cartouche lavishly decorated with the coat of arms and a scale accompanied by a cartographer and his apprentice. Latin text to verso.
mapmaker: W. & J. Blaeu  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1631-1645
medium and colour: copperplate, Original outline colour
size in mm: 380 by 495mm (15 by 19½ inches).
ref: 21854

Price: £ 260

 
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