1650 Blaeu Antique Map of the Cantons of Zurich & Aargau, NW Switzerland

Cartographer : Joan Blaeu

This beautifully hand coloured original antique map of the Cantons of Zurich & Aargau, in NW Switzerland was published in the 1650 Dutch edition of Joan Blaeu's Atlas Novus. The map centers on the city of Madenburg.

This map is of exceptional quality on clean, strong paper, with a heavy impression and some of the best original hand colouring I have seen to date.

The Canton of Aargau is one of the more northerly cantons of Switzerland. It is situated by the lower course of the River Aare, which is why the canton is called Aar-gau (meaningAare province). It is one of the most densely populated regions of Switzerland

Background: Blaeu is one of the most revered map makers of all time and it is easy to see why in this beautiful original map. 
The high level of the topographical detail, the quality of the paper, the artistic professionalism of the engraving and the beauty of the original hand colouring combine to produce a work of art that is both functional and of exceptional beauty. (Ref: Koeman; M&B) 

Condition Report:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - off white
Age of map color: - Original
Colors used: - Yellow, pink, red, blue, green
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper size: - 24in x 21in (610mm x 535mm)
Plate size: - 21in x 16 1/2in (535mm x 420mm)
Margins: - Min 1in (25mm)

Margins: - None
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None