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A decorative example of Blaeu's elegantly engraved map of Lancashire. "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. This map has a title cartouche with cows, a rustic figure and birds and is surmounted by a blank shield and three family coats of arms (the third left blank). This example has been lightly cleaned but retains light paper discolouration and has a couple of surface scuffs in the sea area - hence the inexpensive price - but is nevertheless an attractive map of the county.
mapmaker: J. Blaeu
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1645-1678
medium and colour: copperplate, Original colourref: 43192
size in mm: 390 by 500mm (15.25 by 19.75 inches).
literature: Koeman / Van Der Krogt, Atlantes Neerlandici, 5375:2.
Price: £ 300
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