Comitatus Caernarvonensis; Et Mona Insula
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A fine example of an elegantly designed and engraved map of Caernarvon and Anglesey.
"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. 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). Johannes continuously enlarged and updated the "Theatrum" up to 1658, including the addition of a separate volume devoted to England and Wales. 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 have decorative title cartouches and often depict the coats of arms of those families with important county links.
region: Wales Maps & Charts
mapmaker: J. Blaeu
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1645-1661
medium and colour: copperplate, Original colourref: 20720
size in mm: 385 by 510mm (15.25 by 20 inches).
literature: Geographiae Blauianae Volumen Quintum (Atlas Maior vol V)
Price: £ 460£ 230
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