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BLAEU, J. - Castrum.

BLAEU, J. - Castrum.
Castrum. - BLAEU, J.
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Title : Castrum..
Map maker : BLAEU, J..
Date : Amsterdam, 1663.
Size : 8.1 x 11.2 inches. / 20.5 x 28.4 cm.
Colouring : In attractive strong original colours.

Description :A beautifully engraved and richly decorated town-plan of a town and castle along a river. . With a key (1-18) in lower right corner referring to the principal places of interest in the town.
From "Civitates Ecclesiastici - Theatrum Civitatum et admirandorum Italiae".
Joan Blaeu originally wanted to put two five-volume parts on the market. The first part, entitled "Civitates Italię", was to cover the Italian cities. The focus of the second part, entitled "Admiranda Urbis Romę", was to be Rome’s monuments.
During his youth, Joan Blaeu travelled extensively in Italy, establishing reliable contacts along the way. Around 1660, when his plans for an Italian city atlas acquired form, he sent his son Pieter to Italy to breathe new life into these contacts. It was via his Italian contacts that Blaeu acquired the source material for the atlas. The main supplier of the illustrations and texts was the Italian philosopher and lawyer Carlo-Emanuele Vizzani (1617-1661). The texts on the reverse of the maps and prints also refer to other sources.
He ultimately only managed to publish three volumes in 1663: the volume on the cities of the Vatican State (part 1, volume 1), an incomplete volume on the cities of Naples and Sicily and a volume on the circuses and theatres of Rome (part 2, volume 1).
Condition : First edition, first issue. A nice and attractive impression, very attractive original colours. Copper engraving with letter press.

ID: 31947

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