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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 the former province of Berry. The cartouche is lavishly decorated with the coat of arms, angels and fruit. The scale is flanked by two large towers of the capital of the province, Bourges. The Berry region now consists of the départements of Cher, Indre and parts of Vienne. Latin text to verso.
region: Maps of France
mapmaker: W. & J. Blaeu
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1631-1645
medium and colour: copperplate, Original outline colourref: 21850
size in mm: 380 by 495mm (15 by 19½ inches).
Price: £ 260
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