Vectis Insula. Anglice The Isle Of Wight
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This attractive map of The Isle of Wight, derived from the work of John Speed, was published in "Guil. et Ioannis Blaeu Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus - Part IV", Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1645, 1646. "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. 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, as well as decorative title cartouches. A fine example.
mapmaker: J. Blaeu
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1645 - 1648
medium and colour: copperplate, Colouredref: 43422
size in mm: 400 by 520mm (15.75 by 20.5 inches).
literature: Fr 135 Qq
Price: £ 550£ 330
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