Blaeu - Lincolnia comitatus
- Date: 1648
- Condition: AAA
- Colour: Hand colored
- Size: 20 x 15 inches.
Title:' LINCOLNIA comitatus, Anglis LINCOLNSHIRE'.
An elegant map of Lincolnshire with heraldic shields and decorative elements. Rare to find in the uncoloured state.
Published Amsterdam 1648 in "Novus Atlas das ist Weltbeschreibung".
A fine original Blaeu copper engraved county map of Lincolnshire, England with the title displayed in a decorative cartouche surmounted by putti with dividers and a scale of miles. (see close up scan below). Numerous coats of arms add to the appeal. The sea area is decorated with sailing ships. Presented in its original uncoloured state, but can be supplied professionally hand coloured at an extra cost if preferred - email for details.
A crisp, dark impression in fine condition, other than a couple of faint isolated spots of browning. Free of repairs or restoration. Centre fold as issued, blank verso. The heavy grade hand laid paper remains robust and stable. In very good condition.
Janzoon Blaeu (1571 -1638) founded the Bleau publishing company which dominated the mapmaking industry of 17th century Netherlands. His sons Joan (Johannes) and Cornelius continued the family business after Willem's death in 1638. Their greatest achievement was perhaps the famous atlas "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Sive, Atlas Novus", which eventually ran to 12 volumes and was published in several languages from 1635 - 1662. The print shop and warehouse was destroyed by fire in 1672 and Willem's last son died the following year.