Comitatus Brechiniae. Breknoke by J Blaeu

Comitatus Brechiniae. Breknoke by J Blaeu

Code: 56184

£150.00 Approx $189.87, €175.03

Circa 1650

Copper engraving, original hand colouring. Ornamental title cartouche, scale of distance, arms. Overall size  : 54.6cms x 50.6cms. Image size: 500mm x 377mm . Blank back.  One small abrasion at bottom neatline , very tiny else very good condition indeed.

 "As with all productions of the firm of Blaeu, the engraving and layout are all of the highest standard." Rodney Shirley.
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.