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Blaeu

England.

Vierde Stuck der Aerdrycks-Beschryving, welck vervat Engelandt, i.e. Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. vol 4, England & Wales..
Amsterdam, 1648. Contemporary red morocco, elaborately gilt, folio (565 x 370 mm.). Dutch text, engraved title border with printed text label hand-coloured and heightened with gold, 58 engraved maps, all but one double page, also hand-coloured and heightened with gold, engraved and woodcut text-illustrations, many hand-coloured.

An outstanding example of Joannes Blaeu's "Vierde Stuck der Aerdrycks-Beschryving, welck vervat Engelandt, i.e. Theatrum Orbis Terrarum": being volume 4, England & Wales, with Dutch text.
The engraved title border with printed text label, 58 engraved maps hand-coloured and heightened gold most probably by the master colourist Dirck Jansz. Van Santen.
The binding in contemporary red morocco and attributed to Albertus Magnus or his work shop.

The attributions are made by Mrs. T. Goedings, who adds that the volume could have been part of a Multi volume Blaeu Atlas only known in the literature.

The map of Cheshire with Spanish text on verso, and slightly smaller in size, but coloured and heightened with gold by the same hand as the other maps. Several maps with marginal tears, repaired, some paper degradation and water staining throughout, affecting both text and maps. Contemporary red morocco, elaborately gilt, with some repairs to spine and corners.

Reference : van de Krogt, Atlantes Neerlandici, Vol. 2, 2:231, K.




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