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Maps by The Family Blaeu

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“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 of the Blaeu publishing house and established the fine reputation of Blaeu maps.  His long-standing interest in mathematics and astronomy led him to Tycho Brahe in Denmark where he learned the art of globe-making.  On returning to the Netherlands, he set up a business in Amsterdam to make use of his new-found globe-making skills.  The business was to develop to incorporate its own printing press and Willem Janszoon Blaeu’s first publications included sea charts in Het Licht Der Zee-Vaert in 1608 and a revised issue of Copernicus’ De Revolutionibus Orbium Caelestium.

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.  The atlas contained some sixty maps.  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.  The success of this atlas and plans for subsequent projects meant a premises move at this time.  Just one year later in 1638 Willem Janszoon Blaeu died and control of the business passed to his son, Joan.  

Joan “aimed at the full description of heaven, earth and water” (Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici) and continually expanded the Novus Atlas in this quest.  The work grew to some nine to twelve folio volumes by c.1662 known as the Atlas Major, generally regarded as the pinnacle of atlas- publishing.  The Atlas Maior finally incorporated over 650 maps, often found in the loveliest contemporary colour.  

The Blaeu printing house was one of the largest in the world and Joan was assisted by his sons Willem, Pieter and Joan II.  Their endeavours insured Blaeu maps were, and still are, renowned for the consummate care and attention apparent in every stage of production - using only the best paper with finely engraved plates and a high standard of printing.

Europe Maps   Africa Maps   Asia Maps   America Maps   South America Maps   British Isles Maps   English County Maps B-K   English County Maps L-Y   Wales Maps & Charts   Scotland Maps & Charts   Title Pages  

Europe Maps

Corsica Insula
Corsica Insula

By G. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1634-, copperplate, original outline colour, 175 by 245mm (7 by 9.75 inches). mm

Ref: 30357

Price: £ 380

Ager Parisiensis Vulgo L'Isle de France
Ager Parisiensis Vulgo L'Isle de France

By W. & J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1635-1645, copperplate, original outline colour, 380 by 500mm (15 by 19¾ inches). mm

Ref: 21827

Price: £ 320

Comitatus Bellovacum
Comitatus Bellovacum

By W. & J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1631-1645, copperplate, original outline colour, 380 by 500mm (15 by 19¾ inches). mm

Ref: 21829

Price: £ 320

Descriptio Veromanduorum / Gouvernement De La Cappelle
Descriptio Veromanduorum / Gouvernement De La Cappelle

By W. & J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1631-1645, copperplate, original outline colour, 390 by 500mm (15.25 by 19.75 inches). mm

Ref: 21832

Price: £ 200

Archiepiscopatus Cameracansis
Archiepiscopatus Cameracansis

By W. & J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1631-1645, copperplate, original outline colour, 380 by 500mm (15 by 19¾ inches). mm

Ref: 21834

Price: £ 280

Gastinois Et Senonois
Gastinois Et Senonois

By W. & J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1631-1645, copperplate, original outline colour, 380 by 495mm (15 by 19½ inches). mm

Ref: 21841

Price: £ 280

Les Environs De L'Estang De Longpendu ... Charolois
Les Environs De L'Estang De Longpendu ... Charolois

By W. & J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1635-1645, copperplate, original outline colour, 375 by 495mm (14¾ by 19½ inches). mm

Ref: 21853

Price: £ 260

Norlandiae Et Quibies Gestricia Et Helsingicae Regiones ...
Norlandiae Et Quibies Gestricia Et Helsingicae Regiones ...

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1662-c.1690, copperplate, original colour, 410 by 475mm (16.25 by 18.75 inches). mm

Ref: 27238

Price: £ 680

Africa Maps

Nova Aegypti Tabula
Nova Aegypti Tabula

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1662-, copperplate, coloured, 440 by 520mm (17.25 by 20.5 inches). mm

Ref: 38345

Price: £ 800

Asia Maps

Iaponia Regnum
Iaponia Regnum

By M.Martini / J.Blaeu / P.Mortier of Amsterdam, c.1600, copperplate, original o/l colour, 425 x 575 mm

Ref: 37007

Price: £ 1600

America Maps

Virginiae Partis Australis, Et Floridae Partis Orientalis ...
Virginiae Partis Australis, Et Floridae Partis Orientalis ...

By G.Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1640-1641, copperplate, original colour, 380 x 500 mm

Ref: 30809

Price: £ 2200

South America Maps

Paraguay, O Prov. De Rio De La Plata ...
Paraguay, O Prov. De Rio De La Plata ...

By J. Hondius / G. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1630-1631, copperplate, uncoloured, 370 by 475mm (14.5 by 18.75 inches). mm

Ref: 26062

Price: £ 260

Terra Firma Et Novum Regnum Granatense Et Popayan
Terra Firma Et Novum Regnum Granatense Et Popayan

By J. Hondius / G. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1630-1631, Copperplate, coloured, 385 by 495mm (15.25 by 19.5 inches). mm

Ref: 40279

Price: reserved

Peru
Peru

By J. Hondius / G. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1630 - c.1650, copperplate, original colour, 375 by 485mm (14.75 by 19 inches). mm

Ref: 44174

Price: £ 360

British Isles Maps

De Cust Van Vlaendere En Engelandt Van ostende Tot Deur De Hoofden
De Cust Van Vlaendere En Engelandt Van ostende Tot Deur De Hoofden

By W. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1623 -, copperplate, uncoloured, 255 by 365mm (10 by 14.25 inches). mm

Ref: 43923

Price: £ 300

English County Maps B-K

Bedfordiensis Comitatus, Anglis Bedford Shire
Bedfordiensis Comitatus, Anglis Bedford Shire

By G. & J.Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645-1646, Copperplate, original colour, 420 x 240 mm

Ref: 21548

Price: £ 280

Bercheria Vernacule Barkshire
Bercheria Vernacule Barkshire

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645-1648, Copperplate, coloured, 400 by 510mm (15.75 by 20 inches). mm

Ref: 38996

Price: £ 480

Buckinghamiensis Comitatus
Buckinghamiensis Comitatus

By G. & J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645 - 1648, copperplate, coloured, 410 by 265mm (16.25 by 10.5 inches). mm

Ref: 41193

Price: £ 380

Regiones Inundatae ... Norfolciae ... Cantabrigiae ...
Regiones Inundatae ... Norfolciae ... Cantabrigiae ...

By J.Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645-1658, Copperplate, original colour, 440 x 550 mm

Ref: 34930

Price: £ 450

Regiones Inundatae In Finibus Comitatus Norfolciae, ...
Regiones Inundatae In Finibus Comitatus Norfolciae, ...

By G. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645-, copperplate, original outline colour, 430 by 545mm (17 by 21.5 inches). mm

Ref: 42411

Price: £ 500

Cornubia Sive Cornwallia
Cornubia Sive Cornwallia

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645 -1662, copperplate, original outline colour, 390 by 500mm (15.25 by 19.75 inches). mm

Ref: 43940

Price: £ 320

Episcopatus Dunelmensis Vulgo The Bishoprike Of Durham
Episcopatus Dunelmensis Vulgo The Bishoprike Of Durham

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645-1648, Copperplate, coloured, 395 by 510mm (15.5 by 20 inches). mm

Ref: 39006

Price: £ 500

Glocestria Ducatus; Vulgo Glocestershire
Glocestria Ducatus; Vulgo Glocestershire

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645-1648, Copperplate, coloured, 420 by 515mm (16.5 by 20.25 inches). mm

Ref: 39009

Price: £ 460

Hantonia Sive Southantonensis Comitatus Vulgo Hantshire
Hantonia Sive Southantonensis Comitatus Vulgo Hantshire

By G. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645-1672, copperplate, coloured, 410 by 495mm (16.25 by 19.5 inches). mm

Ref: 43187

Price: £ 750

Vectis Insula.  Anglice The Isle Of Wight
Vectis Insula. Anglice The Isle Of Wight

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645 -, copperplate, original colour, 400 by 520mm (15.75 by 20.5 inches). mm

Ref: 44175

Price: £ 450

Herfordia Comitatus.  Hereford Shire
Herfordia Comitatus. Hereford Shire

By J.Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645 -1661, copperplate, original colour, 420 x 510 mm

Ref: 20712

Price: £ 460

English County Maps L-Y

Rutlandia Comitatus. Rutland Shire
Rutlandia Comitatus. Rutland Shire

By J.Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1646, Copperplate, original colour, 380 x 500 mm

Ref: 13463

Price: £ 420

Rutlandia Comitatus.  Rutland Shire
Rutlandia Comitatus. Rutland Shire

By J.Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645 -1661, copperplate, original colour, 380 x 485 mm

Ref: 20703

Price: £ 420

Staffordiensis Comitatus; Vulgo Staffordshire
Staffordiensis Comitatus; Vulgo Staffordshire

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645-1648, Copperplate, coloured, 425 by 520mm (16.75 by 20.5 inches). mm

Ref: 39017

Price: £ 400

Suffolcia Vernacule Suffolke
Suffolcia Vernacule Suffolke

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645 - c.1650, copperplate, coloured, 380 by 500mm (15 by 19.75 inches). mm

Ref: 42814

Price: £ 520

Suffolcia Vernacule Suffolke
Suffolcia Vernacule Suffolke

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645 - c.1650, copperplate, coloured, 380 by 500mm (15 by 19.75 inches). mm

Ref: 42918

Price: £ 460

Wigorniensis Comitatus Et Comitatus Warwicensis; Nec Non Coventrae Libertas.
Wigorniensis Comitatus Et Comitatus Warwicensis; Nec Non Coventrae Libertas.

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645 - 1648, Copperplate, coloured, 410 by 510mm (16.25 by 20 inches). mm

Ref: 41503

Price: £ 540

Westmoria Comitatus; Anglice Westmorland
Westmoria Comitatus; Anglice Westmorland

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645-1648, Copperplate, coloured, 395 by 510mm (15.5 by 20 inches). mm

Ref: 39022

Price: £ 380

Wales Maps & Charts

Montgomeria Comitatus Et Comitatus Mervinia
Montgomeria Comitatus Et Comitatus Mervinia

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1646, copperplate, original outline colour, 380 by 495mm (15 by 19.5 inches). mm

Ref: 13487

Price: £ 350

Denbigiensis ... Et ... Flintensis; Denbigh Et Flintshire
Denbigiensis ... Et ... Flintensis; Denbigh Et Flintshire

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1646, copperplate, original outline colour, 380 by 495mm (15 by 19.5 inches). mm

Ref: 13490

Price: £ 300

Penbrochia Comitatus Et Comitatus Caermaridunum
Penbrochia Comitatus Et Comitatus Caermaridunum

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645-1648, Copperplate, coloured, 420 by 550mm (16.5 by 21.75 inches). mm

Ref: 39015

Price: £ 350

Scotland Maps & Charts

Coila Provincia. The Province Of Kyle.
Coila Provincia. The Province Of Kyle.

By T. Pont / J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1654 - 1662, copperplate, original colour with gilding, 455 by 560mm (18 by 22 inches). mm

Ref: 41510

Price: £ 320

Leogus Et Harraia, ... / ... Lewis And Harray ...
Leogus Et Harraia, ... / ... Lewis And Harray ...

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, c.1650, Copperplate, coloured, 400 by 530mm (15.75 by 20.75 inches). mm

Ref: 42783

Price: £ 420

Caricta Borealis Vulgo The Northpart Of Carrick
Caricta Borealis Vulgo The Northpart Of Carrick

By T. Pont / J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1654-, copperplate, original colour, 420 by 520mm (16.5 by 20.5 inches). mm

Ref: 43802

Price: £ 400

Title Pages

[Title-Page] Le Theatre Du Monde ...
[Title-Page] Le Theatre Du Monde ...

By J.Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645, copperplate, original colour, 405 x 245 mm

Ref: 23017

Price: £ 260

[Title-Page] Le Theatre Du Monde Ou Nouvel Atlas ...
[Title-Page] Le Theatre Du Monde Ou Nouvel Atlas ...

By J.Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1647, copperplate, coloured, 410 x 250 mm

Ref: 34002

Price: £ 380

[Title-Page] Seste Stuck Der Aerdrycks Beschryving ...
[Title-Page] Seste Stuck Der Aerdrycks Beschryving ...

By W. & J.Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1664, copperplate, original colour, 405 x 245 mm

Ref: 34012

Price: £ 300

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

By J.Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645, copperplate, original colour, 330 x 200 mm

Ref: 34081

Price: £ 420

[Title-Page] Novvs Atlas Das Ist Welt-Beschreibung ...
[Title-Page] Novvs Atlas Das Ist Welt-Beschreibung ...

By J.Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1648, copperplate, coloured, 430 x 250 mm

Ref: 34091

Price: £ 460

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

By J.Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1648, copperplate, original colour, 410 x 250 mm

Ref: 34092

Price: £ 520

Toonneel Des Aerdrycx, Oft Nievwe Atlas ...
Toonneel Des Aerdrycx, Oft Nievwe Atlas ...

By J.Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1642, Copperplate, uncoloured, 330 x 200 mm

Ref: 34100

Price: £ 360

[Title-Page] Toonneel Des Aerdrycx, Oft Nieuwe Atlas ...
[Title-Page] Toonneel Des Aerdrycx, Oft Nieuwe Atlas ...

By J.Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1650, copperplate, original colour, 330 x 200 mm

Ref: 34101

Price: £ 380

[Title-Page] Toonneel Des Aerdrycx, Oft Nieuwe Atlas ...
[Title-Page] Toonneel Des Aerdrycx, Oft Nieuwe Atlas ...

By J.Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1650, copperplate, original colour, 410 x 280 mm

Ref: 34102

Price: £ 380

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Pars Quarta
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Pars Quarta

By J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1645-1648, Copperplate, coloured, 330 by 200mm (13 by 7.75 inches). mm

Ref: 39052

Price: £ 420

[Title Page] Le Theatre Du Monde Ou Nouvel Atlas ...
[Title Page] Le Theatre Du Monde Ou Nouvel Atlas ...

By G. & J. Blaeu of Amsterdam, 1656, Copperplate, original colour, 390 by 240mm (15.25 by 9.5 inches). mm

Ref: 40288

Price: £ 500