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Kraus 7, Nova et acurata totius Europae tabula (Between 1601 and 1650)

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Title   Nova et acurata totius Europae tabula
Alternate Title   Nova et acvrata totivs Evropae tabvla
Cartographer   Blaeu, Willem Janszoon (1571 - 1638)
Subject   Europe--Maps
Publisher   Not identified
Repository   Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Place of publication
     or creation
Date(s)   Between 1601 and 1650
Format   Printed map
Kraus catalog no.   7
Dimensions in mm.   990 x 1370 mm.
Rights   No known U.S. copyright restrictions. Please cite the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, as the image source.


Large engraved wall-map (825 x 1085 mm.) surrounded by printed title (as above), figures of European costume in 16 small panels at the sides, and views of 11 European cities in small panels at the bottom. With contemporary coloring. Mounted on old heavy brown fabric. Overall measure, 990 x 1370 mm.

Printed on 4 sheets, with the title, costume figures, and city views on separate strips pasted on, the map was first issued in 1608, but no copy of that edition has survived. It was re-issued in 1612 (also no surviving copy), 1624, and later. The dating of the present copy is difficult, since the lower right cartouche, where the 1608 privilege usually appeared, is here entirely blank. This may indicate an early issue before any text had been put there, or it may be merely the result of an erasure of the text. The editions of the map listed by Wieder have either the complete privilege, or the same without the 1608 date. French and Italian copies of this map were made in the latter half of the 17th century, but the present map agrees with neither, according to Wieder's descriptions. The Royal Geographical Society map in this form, which is attributed to Pietro Todeschi of Bologna, c. 1673, differs from the present copy, and is clearly later.

Of the six editions of Blaeu's Europe listed by Wieder, he located no copy of the two editions known only from contemporary references (1608, 1612), and only one copy of the succeeding four editions.

Wieder, F. C., "Descriptive Catalogue of Maps published separately by Blaeu", in: Man. Cart. Ill, 67-75.