Caarte van de Rivier van Bourdeaux en de haven van Arcachon.
1643 (undated) 11 x 15 in (27.94 x 38.1 cm)
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This is a beautiful c.1643 Willem Blaeu map or nautical chart of the Bordeaux River in France. This maritime map covers part of the coastal department of Gironde from the Port of Arcachon to Royan (Roian) and the city of Bordeaux. It offers numerous rhumb lines, depth soundings, and some inland topographical detail. The Cordouan lighthouse is identified. Important coastal towns and cities are also noted. This region is the seat of the Bordeaux wine region and produces many of the world's finest reds. The map contains two compass roses and a beautiful illustration of a ship in the lower left quadrant is included. This map was issued in 1643 as plate no. 90 in Willem Janszoon Blaeu's Blaeus Zeespieghel.
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 cartographic achievement was the publication of the magnificent multi-volume Atlas Major. To this day, the Atlas Major represents one of the finest moments in cartography. The vast scope, staggering attention to detail, historical importance, and unparalleled beauty of this great work redefined the field of cartography in ways that have endured well into to the modern era. The cartographic works of the Blaeu firm are the crowning glory of the Dutch Golden Age of Cartography. The firm shut down in 1672 when their offices were destroyed during the Great Amsterdam Fire. The fire also destroyed all of Blaeu's original printing plates and records, an incomparable loss to the history of cartography.
Blaeu W. J., Blaeus Zeespieghel, 1643.
Very good. Original platemark visible. Original centerfold. Blank on verso.