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[Title-Page] Guil Et Ioannis Blaeu Theatrum Orbis Terrarum ...

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[Title-Page] Guil Et Ioannis Blaeu Theatrum Orbis Terrarum ... : J.Blaeu

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Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) was the founder of the Blaeu publishing house and established the fine reputation of Blaeu maps. He published his first world atlas, the "Atlantis Appendix" in 1630, in association with his eldest son, Joan Blaeu (c.1599-1673). The atlas was based around the printing plates acquired from Jodocus Hondius Jr.'s stock, who had himself published the later edition of Mercator's "Atlas". This work was expanded in 1631 to contain 98 maps and bore the joint imprint of father and son with the title "Appendix Theatri A.Ortelii Et Atlantis G. Mercatoris". In 1634 he commenced publication of the "Theatrum" or "Novus Atlas". This two-volume work was larger still with up to 208 maps. This atlas, published in four separate editions in four different languages, was clear evidence of his ambitions. In 1638 Willem Janszoon Blaeu died and control of the business passed to his son, Joan. He "aimed at the full description of heaven, earth and water" and continually expanded the "Novus Atlas" in this quest - it grew to up to 12 folio volumes by c.1662 and was known as the "Atlas Maior", finally incorporating over 650 maps. This is the titlepage to "Guil. Et Ioannis Blaeu Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Sive Atlas Novus. Pars Quatra" - the section of the Blaeu atlas devoted to British maps. The design is based on that used in Speed's " ... Great Britaine" with invaders and settlers shown. The page had first appeared in 1645 and this example is dated 1648. Attractive original colour heightened with gold.
region: Title Pages
mapmaker: J.Blaeu  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1648
medium and colour: copperplate, Original colour
size in mm: 410 x 250
ref: 34092
literature: Shirley, Courtiers And Cannibals, 46A.

Price: £ 520£ 260

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