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Polesino Di Rovigo: Blaeu, c.1650

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  • Title: Polesino Di Rovigo
  • Author: House of Blaeu
  • Date: c.1650
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good Plus - light age toning, issued center fold
  • Inches: 20 1/2 x 15 3/4 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 52 x 40 [Image]
  • Product ID: 233044

This beautiful antique hand-colored map published by the House of Blaeu in 1650 depicts Polesine of Rovigo, a region in Northeast ItalyBeautifully engraved ships are depicted floating in the Adriatic sea to the east. The city of Rovigo lies near the map's center, while the city of Ferrara can be seen at lower left.

The Blaeu family firm was founded by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) in 1596.  Willem Blaeu studied under the eccentric genius Tycho Brahe before the establishing his eponymous firm. Willem was eventually joined by his sons, Cornelis (1616-1648) and Joannnes (1596-1673).

The firm became the most productive cartographic establishment in the Netherlands with the elder Blaeu son initiating the great series of atlases culminating in the Atlas Maior, into which Joannes Blaeu incorporated much of the geographical knowledge bequeathed to him by his father.  Both Willem and Joannes were appointed chart-maker to the East India Company (VOC), giving them privileged and jealously guarded source material to incorporate into their works.

One of the most famous 16th century publishers of maps, globes and atlases, the family flourished in Amsterdam for more than 40 years until fire destroyed their premises on the Gravenstraat in 1672. With the loss of all equipment, plates and stock, the family never fully recovered.