''LA SOVVERAINETE DE DOMBES'' Amsterdam: Willem J. Blaeu, c. 1635. Fine engraved map with original hand-coloring. Verso text: Latin. (Image : 15 x 19 1/2 ’’). Minor extraneous creasing adjacent to original centerfold.
This very attractive early 17th century map depicts the Dombes Region in Southeastern France. The map is oriented so that North is at the left ! The ancient city of Lyon is found in the lower right corner – for centuries an important center for textiles. The region between Lyon and Mâcon, west of the river is an important Beaujolais Region.
Most towns, cities, forests and waterways are identified. The beautiful and elaborate title cartouches and elaborate coat-of-arms further enhance the map.
Blaeu was founder of the leading 17th century Dutch cartographic firm. ''The achievements of the firms of Blaeu were remarkable, & the palm for supremacy in map production in any age must be awarded to the Blaeu'' (Tooley: Maps & Map-Makers, p. 33).