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BLAEU, W. - Magni Ducatus Lithuaniae.

BLAEU, W. -  Magni Ducatus Lithuaniae.
Magni Ducatus Lithuaniae. - BLAEU, W.
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Title : Magni Ducatus Lithuaniae..
Map maker : BLAEU, W..
Date : Amsterdam, 1638.
Size : 29.4 x 28.7 inches. / 74.6 x 73.0 cm.
Colouring : In attractive strong original colours.

Description :This is the famous Radvilas (or Radziwill) map which occupies a very prominent position among works of European cartography from the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century and is an important contribution to the progress in the mapping of the whole continent. The map had its beginning in 1586 when Prince Michael Radziwill commissioned M.Strubicz to survey the entire Lithuanian state which then included Poland. The resulting map was so accurate and detailed that it provided the basis for all subsequent maps of the area during the 17th and 18th centuries: rivers and small communities are not only indicated but considerable historical information is also provided. The magnificent engraving by the well-known Gerard Hesselsz. includes the Lithuanian coat of arms within an elaborate cartouche, an ornate title piece of scroll work, a wind rose, and three ships in full sail on the Baltic Sea.

As Willem Blaeu died in 1638 most of his maps are actually published by his son Joan. This map carries his (engraved) signature and was actually published in volume II of a French edition of his "Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas", dated 1638, therefore published the last year of his life.
From early on Willem Jansz. Blaeu aimed of publishing an atlas to compete with the Hondius-Jansson Atlas. By 1630, he had published at least 17 folio size maps. Blaeu was able to realize his plan soon after he had acquired the copper plates of the atlas maps by Jodocus Hondius. The "Appendix followed in 1630.
In 1635 he finally realized a "international edition" of a world atlas, the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum".
This example is from a very rare 1638 French text edition, which has the same copperplates as the 1635 edition, however the text on the verso was reset in two text columns. This edition is the last version the great master printed under his patronage. ¤

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Condition : Some old repair of a few tears along the folds. Printed on two joined sheets. Very good condition. Printed on heavy paper. Very good and dark impression. French text on verso.


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