BLAEU, Willem (1571-1608); after America quarta pars orbis quam plerunq novum orbem ap:pellitant primo detecta est anno 1492 a Christophoro Columbo.
[Bologna: P. Todeschi, 1673]. Hand-colored engraved wall map, on 4 joined sheets, with engraved border strip to three sides (overall visible image area: 32 ¼ x 42 ¾ inches, 820 x 1085mm). Linen-backed and mounted on stretchers. Condition: Overall surface soiling, stabilized old clean tears, occasional small areas off surface abrasion with insignificant loss to the image area, four small areas of paper loss in lower right just above the title cartouche, one larger 2x1 inch area of loss just south of the Azores, one small area of loss close to the upper margin. Framed and glazed. a very rare example of the great blaeu wall map of the americas -- one of the great cartographic achievements of the 17th century. This wall map was first published by Blaeu in 1608, with a second state appearing in 1612. In about 1624 Henricus Hondius published another edition, and some time before 1652 the plates were purchased by Claes Janzoon Visscher who published the map shortly before his death. Only four complete examples printed from these Blaeu plates have survived. In about 1646, the first Italian edition appeared by an anonymous publisher (perhaps Stefano Scolari 1598-1650), who had new plates engraved and printed in Venice. The second Italian edition was published in Rome in 1667, again from new plates. Finally, the present third italian edition was published in Bologna by Todeschi in about 1673 from yet another set of plates. Todeschi's version has been praised for the accuracy in which his copper-plates matched Blaeu's original map. The attribution of the date is based on examples of the map which have dated text pasted onto the sheets. Burden cites only 8 known examples of this edition of the wall map. The present copy does not include any of the additional side panels of figures or the lower border of city views found on some. All editions of this famous wall map are rare and most in poor condition. Burden 433 & 156 (note); Schilder Monumenta Cartographica Neerlandica V, pp.195-199; Suarez Shedding the Veil 36; Weider Monumenta Cartographica III, nos.525-530.