1655 Blaeu Map of Mansfeld, Germany
Description: This beautiful 1655 map by Willem Blaeu represents Mansfeld and its surrounding regions, located in the western part of eastern Germany. Centered on Mansfeld, the map covers from Bernburg south as far as Kindelbruck, and from Stolberg eastward to Halle. Important cities and towns, including Berga, Frankenhausen, Kelbra, Alsleben, Aschersleben, and others are identified. Forests, marshes, rivers, lakes, towns, cities and mountains are beautifully rendered. A title cartouche in the upper right quadrant details two cherubs dressed as knights, one of which is fighting a dragon. The Mansfeld coat of arms is also included above the title.
This map was created by Tilemanno Stella, known for his maps of the Holy Land and Germany. Martin Luther, the pioneer of the Protestant Reformation, lived and grew up in Mansfeld between 1488 and 1496.
This map was issued by Willem Blaeu in 1655.
Date: 1655 (undated)
References: Osher Map Library Antique Maps Collection, OL2403
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 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. Click here for a list of rare maps by Blaeu.
Size: Printed area measures 20.5 x 17 inches (52.07 x 43.18 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 160000
Condition: Very good. Minor wear along original centerfold. Text on verso. Overall toning.
Code: MansfeldGermany-blaeu-1655 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)