Author: Blaeu, Johannes
Date published: 1658-1662Long title: Glocestriae ducatus vulgo Glocestershire. Copper engraving with fine original hand colouring. Overall sheet size: 60.9cms x 52.2cms. Image size: 499mms x 407mm. French text verso pp 171/172. Title and scale of miles in a decorative cartouche with figures and sheep. The Royal Arms, the Arms of England and a garland of ten coats of arms and two blank shields supported by cherubs. Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) was a prominent Dutch geographer and publisher. The son of a herring merchant, Blaeu studied mathematics and astronomy. He studied instrument and globe making with the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. Blaeu set up shop in Amsterdam, where he sold instruments and globes, published maps. In 1635, he released his atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive, Atlas novus. Willem died in 1638. He had two sons, Cornelis (1610-1648) and Joan (1596-1673). Joan trained as a lawyer, but then joined his father's business. After his father's death, the brothers took over their father's shop and Joan took on his work as hydrographer to the Dutch East India Company. Later in life, Joan would modify and greatly expand his father's Atlas Novus, eventually releasing his masterpiece, the Atlas Maior, between 1662 and 1672.
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