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Description:Large decorative early 18th Century map of the Baltics, Poland, central & western Europe by the noted French Cartographer Nicolas De Fer was engraved by Herman van Loon in 1700 - dated in bottom right cartouche - and was published in De Fers 1705 edition of Atlas ou Recueil de Cartes Geographiques Dressees.
Background: De Fer's two-sheet map of northern Europe extends from Belgium through the Baltic states and over to Smolensk and Braclaw. Major trade routes, both on sea and land, are traced throughout the map. Van Loon engraved this beautiful map and richly embellished it with three cartouches. The primary title cartouche fills the upper-left corner with scenes of war and victory, and below that is an inset map of Hven Island, the location of Tycho Brahe's observatory. In the opposite corner is a secondary title cartouche Carte des Estats de Suede, de Dannemarq, et de Pologne; sur la Mer Baltique…flanked by a bear at left and a galloping horse at right. The scale of miles cartouche is festooned with wind heads blowing strong, wintry winds. The coordinates for major cities are noted within the borders. (Ref Tooley M&B)
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Original & later Colors used: - Yellow, green, pink General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 28in x 18in (710mm x 460mm) Plate size: - 28in x 18in (710mm x 460mm) Margins: - Min ½in (8mm) Imperfections: Margins: - Chipping to margin edges Plate area: - Light creasing to left sheet Verso: - Repair to left sheet approx. 25cm, re-enforced on verso with archival tape on creasing & small tears