A striking and highly decorative map of Europe by Willem J. Blaeu, produced at the height of the Golden Age of Dutch mapmaking. With decorative borders showing traditional costumes of European peoples and city views. This is Koeman's variant a, still with the mythical island of Frisland to the southwest of Iceland. Decorated with a title cartouche, bears and lions on the land areas, and galleons and sea monsters on the sea.
The map is framed on both sides by five costumed figures. Along the upper edge runs a decorative border with nine European towns in oval frames: Amsterdam, Prague, Constantinople (Istanbul), Venice, Rome, Paris, London, Toledo and Lisbon. These borders are based entirely on border decorations from Blaeu's 1608 wall map of Europe. The geographical content is also a reduction of this wall map. The map was first published separately in 1617, then added to Willem Blaeu's Atlantis Appendix in 1631. This example comes from the Latin edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum published by Willem's son Joan between 1644 and 1655. The later variant b without the imaginary island of Frisland between Iceland and Greenland appears in Joan Blaeu's Atlas Maior published 1662-72.
|Cartographer||Willem Janszoon Blaeu|
|Title||Europa recens descripta a Guilielmo Blaeuw|
|Publisher, Year||Amsterdam, 1644-1655|
|Plate Size||41.0 x 55.5 cm (16.1 x 21.9 inches)|
|Sheet Size||52.2 x 62.6 cm (20.6 x 24.6 inches)|
|Reference||Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 1000:2 variant a; Schilder, G.: Monumenta Cartographica Neerlandica VI, 26.3|
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