PARIS ISLE-DE-FRANCE 1644 BLAEU ANTIQUE ENGRAVED CHART
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Ager Parisiensis Vulgo L'Isle de France Fr. Guilloterius Bitur. Viu. describ. et CL. V. Petro Pithoeo I.C. dedicabat . Description: Stricking and hightly detailed copper engraved chart of Isle-de-France, in northern France . Centred on Paris, map includes also the cities of Meaux, Senlis Beaumont, Pontoise, Aulnay, etc. Map is filled with a lot of topographical details as well as cities, fortresses, villages, rivers, etc. Map is fashioned with a large decorative title cartouche flanked with two cherubs handing french royal armorial. French text on the verso. Date: 1644 Dimension: Paper size approx.: cm 52,4 x 41,5 Condition: Very strong a nd dark impression on very strong paper. Paper with chains. Original colors. Wide top and lower margins. Good lateral margins. Paper browned. Small waterstains and mushrooms. Map professionally washed and restored. Conditions are as you can see in the images. Cartographer: The Amsterdam based Blaeu clan represents the single most important family in the history of cartography. The firm was founded in 1596 by Willem Janzoon Blaeu (1571-1638). It was in this initial period, from 1596 to 1672, under the leadership of the Willem Blaeu and with this assistance of his two talented sons Cornelius (1616-1648) and Johannis (1596-1673), that the firm was most active. Their greatest