“COMITATVS BELLOVACVM…” Amsterdam: Willem J. Blaeu, c. 1635. Fine engraved map with original hand-coloring. Verso text: Latin. (Image : 15 x 19 ½ ”)
This very attractive early 17th century map depicts the Beauvais Region in northern France. Beauvais is probably best known for its tapestry factory, which in the17th and 18th centuries produced tapestries of exceptionally high quality.
Most towns, cities, forests, and waterways are identified. The colorful title cartouche and gentleman holding a stadia rod (lower left), further enhances 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).