BLAEU, Johannes (c. 1598-1673). Atlas Mayor, O Geographia Blaviana: Que contiene las Cartas, y descripciones de Francia, y Helvetia [volume VII, France and Switzerland]. Amsterdam: Joan Blaeu, 1668/62. 2° (550 x 350mm). Text in Spanish, hand-coloured engraved architectural title, highlighted in gold, with letterpress overslip, 66 hand-coloured engraved maps, all but 2 double-page, woodcut initials and tail-pieces, mounted on guards throughout. (One map duplicated (Xaintonge), replacing Cadurcium vernacule Querci, but with correct text as cited in Koeman (3P, 3Q), guards replaced, areas of light dampstaining affecting the majority of leaves, some heavier dampstaining, restricted to lower margin.) Contemporary vellum decorated in gilt, gilt edges (restored and rebacked retaining original covers, some spotting and dampstaining to lower cover).
A coloured copy of Volume VII from the rare Spanish edition of Blaeu's Atlas Maior, containing 60 regional maps of France and six of Switzerland. Blaeu began work on the Nuevo Atlas in 1659, completing 10 volumes over a period of 15 years, which became known as the Atlas Maior in editions printed from 1662 onwards. Koeman/van der Krogt 2:641.7 (Koeman does not call for the map of Valesia listed in the index but not present in this volume.)