“…SEDAN ET DE RAVCOVRT…” Amsterdam: Willem J. Blaeu, c. 1635. Fine engraved map with original hand-coloring. Verso text: Latin. (Image : 15 x 19 ½ ’’). Extraneous soft creases adjacent to original centerfold.
This very attractive early 17th century map depicts the Ardennes Region in Northeastern France – located on the Belgium border. The massive Ardennes Forest (site of major battles in World Wars I & II) in located along the top of the map.
Most towns, cities, forests and waterways are identified. The beautiful and elaborate title cartouches and 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).