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Essexia Comitatus

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Essexia Comitatus : J. Blaeu

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This attractive map of Essex was first published in "Guil. et Ioannis Blaeu Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus - Part IV", Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1645. "The finest Dutch map publishers were the Blaeu family, and they hold the title of mapmakers supreme for any period of cartographical history." (R. Baynton-Williams, "Investing in Maps"). Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) was the founder of the Blaeu publishing house and established the fine reputation of Blaeu maps. In 1634 he commenced publication of the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" or "Novus Atlas" and on his death he was succeeded by his son Johannes (1596-1673). Johannes continuously enlarged and updated the "Theatrum" up to 1658, including adding a separate volume devoted to England and Wales. In turn, the "Theatrum" was itself expanded to form the magnificent "Atlas Maior". Blaeu maps are renowned for the consummate care and attention apparent in every stage of production - using only the best paper with finely engraved plates and a high standard of printing. The county maps are no exception and often depict the coats of arms of those families with important county links, as well as decorative title cartouches. A decorative example with strong original colour on lightly aged paper.
region: Essex
mapmaker: J. Blaeu  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1645 - c.1650
medium and colour: Copperplate, Original colour
size in mm: 425 by 540mm (16.75 by 21.25 inches).
ref: 42919
literature: Latin text Sss 203/4

Price: £ 420

 
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