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Old antique map of Lithuania, by W. Blaeu.

Item number:26257
Category:Antique maps > europe > eastern europe
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Magni Ducatus Lithuaniae Caeterarumque Regionum illi Adiacentium Exacta Descriptio. - W. Blaeu, 1630-1664.

Old map of Lithuania by W. Blaeu.

Printed from two plates and two half plates, joined.
The original of this map was made during the last decade of the sixteenth century by the efforts of prince Nikolaj Krzystof Radziwill (Radvillas 1549-1616) and was a collaborative effort. Only the name of the draughtsman, Tomasz Makowski, is known. Alexandrowicz (1989) assumes that there existed a first (now lost) printed state before 1604 of which the printing plate is no longer extant. The second plate of the map was engraved by Hessel Gerritsz and published by Blaeu.
Blaeu changed the arrangement of the map sheets; he separated the map of the river Dniepr from the map of Lithuania. The first edition (1631) has a printed latin text on the back; from 1634 on the map was included in the atlas without text on the back.

Date of the first edition: 1631
Date of this map: 1634-49

Copper engraving, printed on paper from 4 plates.
Size (not including margins): 76 x 74cm (29.6 x 28.9 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Original coloured, a few reinforcements on the back, some creases flattened, good copy.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 2, 1730 I-II:2A; Schilder 4, 29.3-5.

From: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.. J. Blaeu, 1634-49. (Van der Krogt 2, 2:202)

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