Nova Picardiae Tabula.
1688 (undated) 15.5 x 22.5 in (39.37 x 57.15 cm)
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An attractive c. 1660 map of Picardy, France, by Willem Blaeu. The map covers the French region of Picardy region, from Calais to Luxembourg and the Ardennes, and south as far as Valois. This map was most likely issued by Joan Blaeu, Willem Blaeu's widow, c. 1660. Includes the departments of Aisne, Oise, and Somme as well as portions of the adjacent regions of Luxembourg, Champagne, Beauvais, and Normandy.
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., Atlas Major, (Amsterdam) Latin Edition, 1688.
Average. Centerfold discoloration. Marginal mark from old matting. Mild overall oxidization.