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The title page to the French edition of the Blaeus' atlas of England and the title panel is surmounted by a fearsome looking Britannus surrounded by a Norman, Roman, Saxon and a Dane. A finely engraved, beautifully composed title page, the original colour highlighted with gold. "The finest Dutch map publishers were the Blaeu family, and they hold the title of mapmakers supreme for any period of cartographical history." (R. Baynton-Williams, Investing in Maps). Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) was the founder and established the fine reputation of the Blaeu publishing house, publishing 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". The atlas contained some sixty maps. In 1634 he commenced publication of the "Theatrum" or "Novus Atlas". This two-volume work was larger still with up to 208 maps. 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.
region: Title Pages
mapmaker: G. & J. Blaeu
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1656
medium and colour: Copperplate, Original colourref: 40288
size in mm: 390 by 240mm (15.25 by 9.5 inches).
Price: £ 500
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