|Method||Copper engraved with original hand colour|
|Published||[Amsterdam: Blaeu, 1654]|
|Dimensions||405 x 545 mm|
A map of the historic Scottish district of Cunninghame, bordering Renfrewshire. Based on the work of the famous Scottish surveyor Timothy Pont. Map is very detailed, with the inclusion of rivers, lochs, mountains, cities, villages and castles. With decorative title and scale cartouches, the latter bearing illustrations of putti and a male figure holding instruments of measurement. Dedication is in a fantastically detailed cartouche, the Montgomery clan crest is flanked by two griffins, and stood upon by a lady in blue holding an anchor and the decapitated head of a savage. Includes their motto 'garde bien' ('guard well'). Some of the decoration has been picked out in gold. Latin text to verso. From Blaeu's 'Atlas Novus'.
The Blaeu family were one of the most famous publishers of maps, globes and atlases during the seventeenth-century. Cartographers, globe makers and booksellers, the Blaeu business flourished in Amsterdam for over 40 years, until a fire destroyed their premises in 1672. They lost all of their plates, prints and stock, which effectively ruined the firm. Willem Blaeu founded the business in 1596. It initially functioned as a globe and instrument makers, but soon expanded into maps, topography and sea charts. The Atlas Novus was Willems great work; a major work which intended to include the most up-to-date maps of the entire world. He issued the first two volumes in 1635, but died in 1638 before the atlas was completed. The running of the business was passed on to his sons Johannes and Cornelius, in addition to the role of the official cartographer of the East India Company. After the death of Cornelis in 1644, Johannes continued the business alone and established his own reputation as a great mapmaker. Johannes completed his father's grand project in 1655 with the sixth and final volume of the Atlas Novus. He also produced the Tooneel der Steden van der Vereenighde Nederlanden in 1649-1653, as well as a similar set of Italian town plans which were published in 1663.
Condition: Foxing, time toning, some surface marking. Central vertical fold, as issued.