1634 – W. J. Blaeu – Magni Ducatus Lithuaniae
Title: “Magni Ducatus Lithuaniae. . . ”
This is the famous Radvilas (or Radziwill) map which occupies a very prominent position among works of European cartography from the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century and is an important contribution to the progress in the mapping of the whole continent. The map had its beginning in 1586 when Prince Michael Radziwill commissioned M.Strubicz to survey the entire Lithuanian state which then included Poland. The resulting map was so accurate and detailed that it provided the basis for all subsequent maps of the area during the 17th and 18th centuries: rivers and small communities are not only indicated but considerable historical information is also provided. The magnificent engraving by the well-known Gerard Hesselsz. Includes the Lithuanian coat of arms within an elaborate cartouche, an ornate title piece of scroll work, a wind rose, and three ships in full sail on the Baltic Sea. This is rare edition map with engraved city name Memel (Klaipėda)! Map is placed in nice wooden frame, very decorative item for your house or office!
Map Maker: Hessel Gerritsz / Willem Janszoon Blaeu
Sheet size: 75 x 77,7 cm
Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1634
Technique: copper engraving
Good condition! Beautiful hand coloring. Verso backed with archival paper. Few cracks and splits restored. Map is framed, but on request can be send unframed.
This is a genuine antique map published in 1634 and not a modern copy or reprint!