Regno di Napoli

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Handsome 1640 map of southern Italy with decorative coats-of-arms

Cartographer(s): Willem Blaeu
Date: ca. 1640
Place: Amsterdam
Coloring: Hand color
Dimensions: 38.5 x 49.5 cm (15.2 x 19.5 in)
Condition Rating: VG

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Description

Lovely example of Willem Blaeu’s map of the Kingdom of Napoli, lavishly decorated with a figurative cartouche, a royal coat-of-arms in the upper right, and arms of the twelve provinces of the Kingdom along the sides.

W. Blaeu, a student of astronomer Tycho Brahe, founded a workshop for the construction of globes in 1599. Almost immediately he began to also publish maps, leading in 1630 to the creation of the Atlantis Appendix and, five years later, the first edition in two volumes of the Atlas Novus. After his death in 1662, his son Johan published the famous Atlas Maior in 11 volumes. In 1672 a fire destroyed the workshop and ended the business.

Verso text: Latin.

Cartographer(s)

Willem Blaeu

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) founded one of history’s greatest cartographic publishing firms in 1599. This map is indicative of the duplication by the firms of Blaeu and Hondius/Jansson. In this case, Blaeu has copied a Janssonius map of 1637.

Condition Description

Splendid example with ample margins.

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