By: Willem Blaeu
Date: 1635 (published) Amsterdam
Dimensions: 15 x 19.5 inches (38 x 49.5 cm)
This handsome decorative map by Willem Blaeu depicts the region on the south shore of the Baltic Sea called Pomerania, which is Poland’s entire Baltic coast and Germany’s eastern shores of the sea.
The map also serves as a sea chart of the Baltic, with rhumb lines radiating from two compass roses and another point at the northern edge of the area depicted. The map is highly detailed with cities, towns and villages named, and all topographic features pictorially illustrated.
The area has been inhabited for millennia, with evidence indicating settlement as early as 13,000 years ago. Throughout its long history Pomerania has been settled by Scandinavians from across the Baltic, Germanic and Baltic tribes, and western Slavs.
In the modern era following WWII, it was split between Germany and Poland, with many Germans fleeing from it to avoid retaliation by the Soviet Union. Its toponym derives from two Slavic words, ‘po more’ meaning land at or along the sea.
Modern Pomeria is low-density populated with its largest cities being Gdańsk, of ship building fame, and Szczecin. Beyond the urban areas it is characterized by farmlands, and boast beautiful lakes, and large forested areas with villages in many places.
The map is embellished with an elaborate heraldic device, two lovely compass roses, ships at full sail on the sea, a decorative title cartouche and distance legend.
Condition: Map is in B+ condition with a centerfold separation that is only noticeable once finding the repair on the verso. Overall map appearance is of superior quality with wide margins on all sides.
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