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A Beautiful Map of Denmark
Etched by Hollar

Denmark. BLOME, R. [London, 1669 [1682]]
A Mapp the Kingdome of Dennmarke…. 11 ¾ x 15 ½ inches.
Fine hand color; mended wormhole with slight loss to text, else excellent condition.


One of the earliest maps of Denmark to be both engraved and published in England. While Speed’s map of the country had been executed in Amsterdam, this map was etched in London (rather than engraved) by the great Bohemian artist and engraver, Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677). Hollar spent most of his career in London and was one of the first to produce entirely etched maps. This map’s lettering, much of it quite miniature yet still very readable, bespeaks an advantage of the etching process. The map is after Sanson, then the most recognized geographical authority in Europe.

Tooley Dictionary of Mapmakers, E-J, p. 335.

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