This print shows a map from the East Balkans with Walachia, Servia, Bulgaria, Moldavia and Romania. Title cartouche top left. Scale stick bottom right. Collection stamps and signature from previous owner the famous VG Radionov (Radionoff). Dated on reverse 1940.
Made by an anonymous engraver after Gerardus Mercator.
Medium: Etching / Engraving on handlaid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 60 x 46.5 cm (23.62 x 18.31 inch). Image size: 50.5 x 38 cm. (19.88 x 14.96 inch).
Condition: good, given age. Fold as published. Diagonal fold. Signature Radionoff. Collection stamps. Some tears been restored. Wormholes. Smudges in margin. . General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
MAP-EAST BALKANS-ROMANIA-SERVIA-BULGARIA-MOLDAVIA-WALACHIA-RADIONOFF | RB-T25-LARGE
This attractive print was published in Joan & G Blaeu, ‘Atlas Major’ (Latin edition), 1643-1650. Blaeu’s 11 volume Atlas Maior is considered by many to be the greatest atlas ever published, both in its own time and even today. It excels in comprehensiveness, engraving, color, and overall production. Each vol. has title page. with general title: Geographi? Blavian? volumen primum.
Reference: van der Krogt 2:601 [-3].2 (30).
Biography engraver: Gerardus Mercator (1512-1594) was a cartographer, instrument maker and engraver from the County of Flanders and the Waasland who was considered the “Ptolemy of his time” during his lifetime. He was the first to use a true-to-corner map projection; later named Mercator Projection after him.