Nova & Accurata Wolgae Fluminis, olim Rha dicti, Delineatio.
1667 (undated) 19.5 x 23 in (49.53 x 58.42 cm)
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This is an impressive c.1667 by Blaeu depicting the course of the Volga River in Russia. Based on the travels of Adam Olearius, the map is divided into two sections, with the left half charts the river from Wesloma and Nazhniy Novgorod south to Saratov, and the right side continues from Saratov to Astrachan. A large inset details the mouth of the longest river in Europe as it empties into the Caspian Sea. Several towns, cities, tributaries, mountains, and other topography is detailed throughout.
Three large decorative cartouches adorn the map. The first is a vignette featuring camels and tribesmen. The rococo style title cartouche on the top left features three reindeers, while the scale cartouche in the bottom left features three cherubs. Issued as part of Bleau’s Atlas Major.
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.
Very good. Minor spotting, especially near centerfold. Minor wear along original centerfold. Some offsetting.