Blaeu Spain 1643

$675.00

Willem Blaeu. “Regnorum Hispanae nova descriptio.” From Nouvel Atlas. Amsterdam: Willem & Joan Blaeu, 1643-50. 14 3/4 x 19 1/4. Engraving. Excellent original hand color. Soft crease by centerfold. Very good condition. French text on verso.

Description

A striking map of Spain from a series of wonderfully decorative maps by Willem (Guilielmus) Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638), the progenitor of the famous Blaeu cartographic firm of Amsterdam. Blaeu studied astronomy and sciences with Tycho Brahe, and in 1599 established a globe and instrument making business which soon expanded to include cartographic and geographic publishing. This firm was to go on to become the largest and most important cartographic publishing firms in the world, run by his sons Cornelis (until his death in 1642) and Joan. The maps issued by the Blaeu firm are known for their fine craftsmanship and design, and have been called “the highest expression of Dutch cartographical art.” This map, with its excellent original color and clear and precise detail is a premier example of the Blaeu output. Each region of Spain is outlined with a contrasting pastel shade and the major cities are illustrated with city vignettes colored red. Two decorative cartouches and the Spanish royal crest, a sea monster, and two sailing ships add to the wonderful decorative appeal of this excellent map.