Ducatus Prussiae tam Polono Regiae. . .
$3500 / ≈ €3500
Very decorative title cartouche including 3 coats of arms. Second edition with privilege.
While a map of a similar title by Justus Danckerts occasionally appears on the market, this De Wit edition, with a different cartouche, etc., is very rare.
Lavishly colored and heightened with gold by the master colorist Dirk Jansz. van Santen..
The coloring is attributed to the 17th century master colorist DIRK JANSZ VAN SANTEN (1737-1708). The map is lavishly colored using gold for the cartouches and further embellishment and major cities. The scale of longitude and latitude are triple: the variation in tone and color from red and blue-green alternating with gold yields a lively effect. The figures around the cartouches are painted in a somewhat impressionistic way that is characteristic of Van Santen, with many dark shadow areas to highlight the colors. Hundreds of town spots gold highlighted, the coats of arms heightened with silver (over time slightly oxidized). The text BALTICUM MARE and DE OOST ZEE gold heightened.
The celebrated Dutch master colorist Dirk Jansz. Van Santen (1637/38-1708), whose manner is signified by rich and exotic color combinations, added elements such as flowers to clothing, marbling to masonry (found here).
Goedings : "Van Santen applied transparent and opaque colors at the same time in both mixed and pure tints. He often painted the whole surface of the map or illustration, transforming the graphic light and dark contrasts into color.
He applied his characteristic shiny varnish, this had the effect of brightening the color, frequently making use of the same color progression."
Atlases and books colored by van Santen are found in the libraries of the most prominent collectors of the golden age of Dutch cartography ". Bibles and atlases, bound in deluxe bindings by Albert Magnus (1642-1689) and decorated by van Santen were considered gifts worthy of princes. Travelers and poets wrote about this work" (Goedings).
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