Willem Blaeu, ‘[Set of the maps of the four continents].’, ca. 1646, Daniel Crouch Rare Books

Set of four engraved wall maps, each printed on four sheets, joined, flanked by side-panels featuring 16 vignettes of diverse people in local costume, and a lower register featuring 12 birds-eye views of cities, with contemporary full-wash hand-colour. As is almost invariably the case with large seventeenth century wall maps, a certain amount of conservation work has been undertaken, including elements of re-touching to some of the coloured areas of the maps. A full conservation report is available on request. Mounted on linen on wooden stretchers.

Cf. Schilder, Günter, Monumenta Cartographica Neerlandica V, p.196-197.

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