• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2827

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    22 - 23 September 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 172

    BLAEU, JOAN (1596-1673), A COMPOSITE SET OF MAPS

    CIRCA 1660-1670, PROBABLY ORIGINALLY PART OF THE SECOND VOLUME OF ATLAS MAIOR O GEOGRAPHIA BLAUIANA

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    BLAEU, JOAN (1596-1673), A COMPOSITE SET OF MAPS
    CIRCA 1660-1670, PROBABLY ORIGINALLY PART OF THE SECOND VOLUME OF ATLAS MAIOR O GEOGRAPHIA BLAUIANA
    Folio, 564 mm. x 455 mm., French text, comprising thirty-five hand-coloured engraved maps, two single sheet maps and two incomplete maps, text pages with woodcut initials and tailpieces, in a later binding; some losses and old repairs
    Comprising the maps of: Moscovie with inset cartouche citymap of Moscow; L'archevesche de Coloigne; La Franconie; La Rhetie Liguee; La Danube; La Verginie; La nouvelle Belgique & Nouvelle Angleterre; Les Isles de L'Amerique; La Hongrie; La Guiane; Le pays de Zurichgow; Wiflispurger-Gow; L'archiduche d'Austriche; La Moravie; ampus inter Bohum et Borystenem; La Chersonese Taurique; La Principaute de Trente; La seigneurie de Venise; L'estat Ecclasiastique; Toscane; Le Duche de Mantoua; Le Duche de Milan; Description du Piedmont; Le Duche de Montferrat; Le Territoire de Gennes; Corsique (single sheet); Sardaigne (single sheet); Sicile; La Palestine; Le comte de Nassou; La Natolie ou Asie Mineur; Perse; L'Empire du Turc (incomplete); Les Indes (incomplete); Les Isles Moluques; Le Royaume des Abissins; Le Royaume de Maroque; L'Isle de Barmudas; La Boheme


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    The complete version of Blaeu's atlas of Eastern Europe and Greece comprises maps of European Russia, with a city map of Moscow and a plan of the Kremlin; Poland, including Prussia; South Eastern Europe including the Crimean peninsula; and Greece. Soon after this volume was first published in 1659 the title of Blaeu's work was changed from Nuevo Atlas to Atlas Mayor, the standard title from 1662 onwards. Nearly all the maps for volume II were lost in the fire that destroyed Blaeu's workshop in 1672.

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