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Wiltonia Sive Comitatus Wiltoniensis; Anglis Wilshire

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Wiltonia Sive Comitatus Wiltoniensis; Anglis Wilshire : J. Blaeu

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This attractive map of Wiltshire was published in "Guil. et Ioannis Blaeu Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus - Part IV". "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). 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 often depict the coats of arms of those families with important county links, such as the Stafford family, as well as exquisitely decorative title cartouches. This finely engraved map features 14 coats of arms in columns beneath the title. A fine example with bright original colour.
region: Wiltshire
mapmaker: J. Blaeu  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1645
medium and colour: copperplate, original colour
size in mm: 420 by 520mm (16.5 by 20.5 inches).
ref: 41589

Price: £ 600

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