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Johannes Blaeu
Episcopatus Hildesiensis descriptio novissima. [Map of Hildesheim region, Germany / Deutschland].
[Amsterdam: JoannesBlaeu, c.1645], from the ‘Atlas Novus’, Latin text on verso.A MAGNIFICENT MAP OF THE HILDESHEIM REGION, BY THE MOST CELEBRATED MAPMAKER OF THE ERA, IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, WITH THE MOST RESPLENDANT ORIGINAL HAND-COLOR.Dimensions: 20 x 23.5 inches (510 x 600 mm), on a full, untrimmed sheet, as originally issued.This elegant map depicts the region surrounding the town of Hildesheim, located in the modern German state of Lower Saxony (Nieder-Sachsen). The historic Prince-Bishopric of Hildesheim (Hoschstift Hildesheim), was an autonomous entity within the Holy Roman Empire from 1235 to 1803. According to a legend, as told by the Brothers Grimm, around the year 815, King Louis the Pious, son of Charlemagne, was out hunting near Hildesheim when he noticed that he had lost his most treasured possession, a pendant featuring a relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He dispatched his men to scour the countryside in search of it. Finally they encountered a magnificent flowering rose bush which held the pendant in its branches, of which it would not yield. In commemoration, Louis built a chapel on the site, and to this very day, the ancient Millennium Rose bush (‘Tausendjährriger Rosenstock’) grows along the chapel’s wall. This sumptuously decorated map featured the coat of arms of the prince-bishop in the upper-left, while the opposing corner is occupied by a magnificent titular cartouche, on which a putti, carrying a globe and a compass, allegorically represents the art of surveying. At the time that this map was printed the Blaeu family firm was the most celebrated and … [Click Below for Full Description]
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