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Utriusque Portus Ostiae Delineatio.
Selling price: $1300
Sold in 2013
Joan Blaeu published during his life three town-books of Italy: Citta del Vaticano, Roma and Napoli.
By the year 1672 a fire largely destroyed the main Blaeu workshop, and much of the prepared material.
However, work on the town-book continued, and in 1682 the completed work was published in Amsterdam by the heirs of Joan Blaeu. The town-book was a great success and reissued several times by different publishers in Amsterdam, as late as 1726.
Pierre Mortier re-issued all the Blaeu plates in the years 1704/05 in an atlas comprising four volumes. The plates are now signed "A Amsterdam chez Pierre Mortier".
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