“Lacus Lemanni Locorumquae Circumiacentium Accuratissima Descriptio” Copper engraving of Lake Geneva published by Willem Blaeu of Amsterdam in his Novus Atlas, 1641-42. Verso German text. With original hand colouring. Size: 41,5 x 52 cm.
This beautifully engraved chart of the vicinity of Lake Geneva in Switzerland is based the work of Swiss theologian Jacques Goulart. It is filled with minute detail including estates, vineyards, parks, fortified cities, tiny villages, and several notations concerning the Duke of Savoy’s numerous attempts to gain control over Geneva. The map is richly embellished with a compass rose, sail boats and fishermen in the lake, and three decorative cartouches. The title cartouche is topped with the coat of arms of Geneva supported by cherubs in military outfits.