'STAFFORDIENSIS COMITATUS Vulgo STAFFORD SHIRE.' by Joan Blaeu c.1645 - 1667
A very attractive, superbly engraved and finely hand coloured 17th century map of Staffordshire which was published in Joan Blaeu's Le Theatre du Monde or L'Atlas Maior (Amsterdam: French Text Edition, 1645-1648 & 1663-1667).
Joan Blaeu (1596-1673). The Blaeu workshop, based in Amsterdam, produced the most magnificent atlases and maps of the period, the time in which the Netherlands was experiencing its 'Golden Age' in art, science and commerce. A true perfectionist, Blaeu used only the best engravers, printers and colourists and only the finest materials, including paper, to produce his atlases.
In 1645 he published a county atlas of England & Wales as part of his 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' series. Each map epitomised the craftsmanship and artistry of the Blaeu workshop being finely detailed with ornate cartouches, cherubs, heraldic shields and calligraphy. Later in 1662, the maps reappeared in volume five of his 'Atlas Maior' which is perhaps the finest cartographic work ever produced in the history of map making.
- This is an original copperplate engraving with original hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 50cms by 41cms.
- The map is in very good condition with excellent margins. There are stains just touching the left and right bottom borders and slight overall age toning though these stand out more in the photo image than in normal conditions. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 300 years old.