Devonshire - Blaeu c1645
ORIGINAL MAP of Devonshire by Blaeu c1645 Original 'Devonia vulga Devon-shire, Amsterdam '
Method: Copper Plate engraved
Creator: J. Blaeu
Condition: Original engraved Copperplate Map excellent condition with outline and wash colour
centre fold as issued with German text to verso.
Approx engraved area: 19.5" x 19" 390mm X 490mm
The Blaeu workshop, based in Amsterdam, produced the most magnificent atlases and maps of the period, the time in which the Netherlands ws experiencing its 'Golden Age' in art, science and commerce. A true perfectionist, Blaeu used only the best engravers, printers and colourists and only the finest materials, including paper, to produce his atlases. In 1645 he published a county atlas of England & Wales as part of his 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' series. Each map epitomisedthe craftsmanship and artistry of the Blaeu workshop being finely detailed with ornate cartouches, cherubs, heraldic sheilds and calligraphy. Later in 1662, the maps reappeared in volume five of his 'Atlas Major' which is perhaps the finest cartographic work ever produced in the history of map making.