Copper engraving with original hand colouring. Overall sheet size: 65.5cms x 55.8cms; image size: 528mm x 382mm published in Johannes Blaeu's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Sive Atlas Novus (Amsterdam: Latin Text Edition, 1645-1646, 1648). Eight coats of arms, five sailing ships, decorative title cartouche incorporating scale of distance. Huge margins with odd spot, slight darkening at centrefold bottom margin else glorious example
Publication of Blaeu's New World Atlas, or "Atlas Novus" was originally begun by Johannes's father Willem Blaeu with the publication in 1635 of two volumes (delineating The World, Europe, Arctic, Scandinavia, Russia, Eastern Europe, Germany and the Low Countries; and France, Spain, Asia, Africa and America), and published in four languages (German, Dutch, Latin and French). After succeeding his father, Johannes Blaeu expanded the "Atlas Novus" to six volumes by 1655, and this formed the first half the "Atlas Maior," extending to 11 or 12 volumes by 1662. Their maps represent the pinnacle of Dutch mapmaking in the C17th.
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