Date 1646 Circa
Copper engraving with original hand colouring. Decorative title cartouche with rustic figure and animals. Scale of distance at bottom right surmounted by mounted gentleman giving orders to possibly a surveyor?. French text on verso pp 284/283. Good margins. Overall size : 55cms.x 44.7cms. Image size : 482mm.x 376mm. Large margins with fox marks and faint line of an old mount , one faint spot in blank near scale of miles and a little inkiness near Kyneton in the Hereford area; one pale mark to the right of the mountain range near Crecadene middle bottom else an elegant map, strong impression in very good condition
"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.
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