1645 – W. J. Blaeu – Magni Ducatus Lithuaniae
Title: “Magni Ducatus Lithuaniae caeterarumque regionum illi adiacentium exacta descriptio / ill[ustri]ss[i]mi ac excell[si]ss[i]mi Pri[n]cipis et D[omi]ni D. Nicolai Christophori Radziwil D. G. Olycae ac in Nieswies Duces S. Rom. Imp. Principis in Szylowiec ac Mer comitis, et S. Sepulchri Hirosolimitani Militis etc. opera cura et impensis facta ac in lucem edita”
This is the first sheet of famous Radvilas (Radziwill) map (out of four) 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 map includes the Lithuanian territory, a wind rose and three ships in full sail on the Baltic Sea.
Comes from very rare edition, the map with Memel name, Willem Janszoon Blaeu atlas ” Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive atlas novus in quo tabulae et descriptiones omnium regionum ” engraved by Graveris Hessel Gerritsz, published in Amsterdam, 1645.
Map Maker: Hessel Gerritsz / Willem Janszoon Blaeu
Frame size: 65,5 x 58,5 cm
Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1645
Technique: copper engraving
Good condition. Original coloring. High quality wooden frame and special Art Glass.
This is an original antique map published in 1645 and NOT a modern copy or reprint
On your request I will provide a Certificate of Authenticity