Lancastria palatinatus Anglis Lancaster et Lancashire 1st Bleau

Lancastria palatinatus Anglis Lancaster et Lancashire 1st Bleau

Code: 54832

£325.00 Approx $411.39, €379.23

Date: 1645 1st edition

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.  Overall sheet size : 60.2cms x 51.8cms ; image size: 505mm x 39.7cms.     Relief shown pictorially.   Title cartouche showing a farmer with his animals  and the scale cartouche bottom right features putti waving dividers aloft.   Royal Arms top left and two other coats of arms plus one blank . Two ships in the sea area.  Swash lettering ‘Anglis The Irish Sea’  First edition published in 1645 denoted by the Zzzzz that appears at the end of the text on verso. Some repaired edge tears, browning to margins and creasing in the Irish Sea else first edition in good , original condition.  

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 Johannes took on his work as hydrographer to the Dutch East India Company. Later in life, Johannes would modify and greatly expand his father’s Atlas Novus, eventually releasing his masterpiece, the Atlas Maior, between 1662 and 1672.