Glocestria Ducatus; Vulgo Glocestershire
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First edition of this attractive map of Gloucester. "The finest Dutch map publishers were the Blaeu family, and they hold the title of mapmakers supreme for any period of cartographical history." (R. Baynton-Williams, "Investing in Maps"). Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) was the founder of the Blaeu publishing house and established the fine reputation of Blaeu maps. In 1634 he commenced publication of the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" or "Novus Atlas" and on his death he was succeeded by his son Johannes (1596-1673) and author of this map. Johannes continuously enlarged and updated the "Theatrum" up to 1658, including adding a separate volume devoted to England and Wales. In turn, the "Theatrum" was itself expanded to form the magnificent "Atlas Maior". Blaeu maps are renowned for the consummate care and attention apparent in every stage of production - using only the best paper with finely engraved plates and a high standard of printing. The county maps are no exception and this item has no less than eight coats of arms of those families with important county links. The cartouche is beautifully illustrated with shepherds, shepherdesses and their sheep, clearly reflecting the economic interest of this county.
mapmaker: J. Blaeu
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1645
medium and colour: Copperplate, Original outline colourref: 39060
size in mm: 420 by 515mm (16.5 by 20.25 inches).
literature: Joeman / Van Der Krogt, Atlantes Neerlandici. II, [5260:2]
Price: £ 720
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