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BLAEU, W. - Ducatus Limburgum.

BLAEU, W. -  Ducatus Limburgum.
Ducatus Limburgum. - BLAEU, W.
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Title : Ducatus Limburgum..
Map maker : BLAEU, W..
Date : Amsterdam, 1634.
Size : 15.0 x 19.5 inches. / 38.0 x 49.5 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :Prepared by Aegidius Martini. Decorative map of Belgium that is centered roughly on the Meuse River (Latin Mosa) and its cities of Hoy, Liege, and Maastricht. Finely detailed to show numerous towns and villages, mountains, rivers, and forests. Also shown is the city Limbourg toward bottom right. The beautiful title cartouche is ornamented with a coat of arms and decorative two putti. A second cartouche features two finely dressed men with a measuring device above a distance scale - possibly Willem and Joan Blaeu.

The item is a curiosities, as the map has been overlaid on top of another map of Luneburg (Germany). Only visible when held to the light.
During the printing process of an atlas, the verso text is printed first and afterwards the copper engraved map. Text pages are printed with movable type and movable type was composed by hand for each page. For each new text page the movable type was newly composed using the old movable type.
When at a later date the verso text error was noticed the printed simply printed the correct on a separate blank sheet and pasted it on the wrong map. This was much cheaper than composing the text and printing the text sheet.

From an incomplete example of the 1634 German text edition of Blaeu's "Novus Atlas", previously owned by Johann Christoph Gesen (1639), Johann Rudolph von Metzradt (1651), Friedrich August II, King of Saxony (1797-1854).
P. van der Krogt mentions two variants for the German 1634 text edition and only two examples containing proof states (Bad Münstereifel and Gotha).

Read more about the Novus Atlas of 1634 and Willem Blaeu. [+]
Condition : Map has been overlaid on top of another map of Luneburg (Germany). Only visible when held to the light. Good dark impression, wide margins. German text on verso.

ID: 36069

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