This print shows a map of Wiflispurgergow, a part of Switzerland, i.a. the Jura, the eatern part of Lac Leman, Lac de Neuch?tel, the Thunersee and Bern, with handcoloured borders. Dutch text about Wiflispurgergow on reverse.
Made by Gerardus Mercator after own design.
Medium: Etching / Engraving on handlaid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 58.5 x 48.5 cm (23.03 x 19.09 inch). Image size: 50 x 38 cm. (19.69 x 14.96 inch).
Condition: good, given age. Fold as published. Small tear in lower margin been restored. Brownish edges of plate. Remains of old papertape on reverse. White round stain in lower margin. Weak spot in lower margin been restored. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
SWITZERLAND-WIFLISPURGERGOV-JURA-LAC DE NEUCHATEL-BERN-MOUTAINS-LAKES | RB-T25-LARGE
This attractive print was published in “Toonneel des Aerdrycx, ofte nieuwe Atlas, …”, by W. & J. Blaeu, 1647-50. Willem Jansz. Blaeu and his son Joan Blaeu are the most widely known cartographic publishers of the seventeenth century.
Willem Jansz. (also written Guilielmus Janssonius) = Willem Janszoon Blaeu, was born in Uitgeest (Netherlands), near Alkmaar in 1571. He studied mathematics under Tycho Brahe and learned the theory and practice of astronomical observations and the art of instrument- and globe making. Joan Blaeu, born in Amsterdam, 1596, became partner in his father’s book trade and printing business. .
Reference: Van der Krogt 2, 4920:2.
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.