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Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Lectori S. Hunc Borysthenis tractum ut ad nostrum Geographiae tabulam . . . (Dniepr River)

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Title: Lectori S. Hunc Borysthenis tractum ut ad nostrum Geographiae tabulam . . . (Dniepr River)

Map Maker: Willem Janszoon Blaeu

Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1640 ca

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 29.5 x 13 inches

Condition: VG+

Price: $1,800.00

Inventory ID: 49716


Striking 2-sheet map of the Dniepr River, engraved by Hessel Gerritzs.

The map was originally issued as the eastern part of Blaeu's 6-sheet wall map of Lithuania. The map shows the course of the Dnieper River from Cherkasy to the estuary on the Black Sea. The map is in strip style with two vertical maps following the course of the river, each decorated with cartouches and compass roses and including numerous lengthy notations describing the cataracts, cities, salt mines, fortresses, and the historical traditions of the Kozaks. Putti flank a large cartouche at bottom.

This map is based on an inset map from the important Radziwill-Makowski map of the Duchy of Lithuania (1613).   The map was engraved by Hessel Gerritsz from original drafts prepared under the instructions of Prince Nicolas Christophe Radziwill, and first issued in 1613 by Willem Blaeu, under his original imprint by Guilhelmus Janssonis. This is one of the earliest maps published by Blaeu, who did not incorporate this map into an atlas until approximately 1630.

The Radziwill map is one of the most important 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.  Strubicz's map was so accurate and detailed that it provided the basis for all subsequent maps of the area during the 17th and 18th centuries.  In addition to the usual topographical details, there is considerable historical information also provided. 

Condition Description: Old Color.

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