Willem Janszoon Blaeu

Willem Janszoon Blaeu

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) was a prominent Dutch geographer and publisher. Born the son of a herring merchant, Blaeu chose not fish but mathematics and astronomy for his focus. He studied with the famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, with whom he honed his instrument and globe making skills. Blaeu set up shop in Amsterdam, where he sold instruments and globes, published maps, and edited the works of intellectuals like Descartes and Hugo Grotius. 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 joined his father’s business rather than practice. 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.


1621 - Americae Nova Tabula (Rare Variant)

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Scarce Variant of Blaeu's Map of the Americas This is a decorative example of Blaeu's map of America, one of the most sought after maps of the continent from the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography. The map blends contemporary geographical knowledge with...


1642 - Americae Nova Tabula

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Antique Map of America From The Golden Age of Dutch Cartography Willem Blaeu's famous antique map of the Americas. Blaeu's map of America is one of the most sought after maps of America from the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography, blending contemporary...


1635 - Territorium Abbatiæ Heresfeldensis, 't Stift Hirszfeldt

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Decorative map of the region around Hirschfelt, along the Fuld River and environs. Nice full color.


1647 - Rugia Insula ac Ducatus accuratissime descripta ab E. Lubino. . . .

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Nice example of Blaeu's map of Rugia, including large decorative cartouche, compass rose, sailing ships, sea monster and 30 coats of arms.


1695 - West Indische PASKAERT waerin de graden der breedde over weder zijden vande middelijn wassende soo vergrooten dat die geproportioneert sijn tegen hunne nevenstaende graden der lengde; Vertonen (behalven Europaes zuydelijcste) alle de Zeekusten van Africa

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"A scientific and artistic document of the first order" -- One of the most important sea charts of the 17th century. Exceptionally rare Johannes Loots issue of Guillaume Blaeu's landmark sea chart of the Atlantic Ocean, America and Africa, printed on...


1635 - Persia Sive Sophorum Regnum

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A Map of Persia From the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography Finely hand-colored example of Willem Janszoon Blaeu's map of Kingdom of Persia. The map extends from the Eastern Mediterranean to Tacalistan and the Indus River and the Dalanguer Mountains and...


1630 - Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula Auctore Joanne Blaeu

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A Supreme Example of the Mapmaker's Art. Fine example of Guillaume Blaeu's classic world map on Mercator's projection, one of the most iconic maps of the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography. One of the finest and most famous world maps to appear in an...


1608 - [Angra - Madera - Porto Santo - Sao Miguel] Pascaarte vande Eijlanden van Madera en Port Sancto, vertoonende degelegentheijt vande Reede aldaer en hoese van malcanderen zijn gheleghen . . .

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Early Sailing Chart of the Madeira, Angra and Sao Miguel. Rare sea chart showing the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, with smaller maps showing Angra and a portion of Sao Miguel. The chart appeared in J Blaeu's Het Licht der Zee-vaert , first...


1624 - De Eijlanden Tenerifa Palma Gomera en Ferro

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Rare sea chart of the Canary Islands, from Blaeu's Sea Atlas. Blaeu' Zeespiegel was one of the most important Rutters or Sea-Atlases of its time. Willem Janszoon Blaeu published two great pilot guides: the first ( Het Licht der Zee-vaert) was...


1638 - Nova Belgica Et Anglia Nova

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A Landmark Early Map In the Mapping of the Dutch and British Colonies in North America Nice example of the Blaeu's seminal map of New England and the Northeast. Blaeu's map of New England is one of the most important advances in the printed mapping...


1640 - Nova Virginiae Tabula

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The First Dutch Map of Virginia Fine, wide-margined, old color example of Blaeu's map of Virginia, and the Chesapeake region, based upon John Smith's map of Virginia, the most important map of Virginia published in the 17th Century. This is the...


1635 - Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali cum Terris adiacentibus

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Blaeu's Chart of the Caribbean Nice example of Blaeu's chart of the Caribbean, based on a section of Blaeu's own West Indische Paskaert (ca. 1630) and Hessel Gerritsz' rare chart of 1631. The chart was the most accurate for its time and was used...


1640 - [Carolinas, Georgia, etc] Virginiae Partis australis, et Floridae partis orientalis, interjacentiumqus regionum Nova Descriptio

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The Second Earliest Dutch Map of the Carolinas, Southern Virginia & Georgia. Fine old color example of Blaeu's map of the Southeast. This map is based on the 1606 Mercator-Hondius map, but with significant improvements. The map covers an area...


1636 - Nova Hispania et Nova Galicia

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Fine old color example of Blaeu's map of Mexico . Gorgeous map of Mexico extending from just north of Mazatlan to Acapulco and from Tehuacan to the Sierra Madres, showing Mexico City, Puebla (Angelorum Civitas), Colima, Campostella, Purificatio and...


1635 - Mappa Aestivarum Insularum Alias Barmudas

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Blaeu’s Fine Double Map of Bermuda Fine example of Blaeu's highly sought-after map of Bermuda. It is actually a double map, as it shows a detailed survey of the islands, as well as a map relating Bermuda to mainland North America. The map includes...


1635 - Freti Magellanici ac novi Freti vulgo Le Maire exactissima delineatio

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The Land of Giant Patagonians! Fine example of Willem Blaeu's map of the Straits of Magellan, Le Maire Strait, Fire Lands and the southern tip of Patagonia. The map is one of the earliest obtainable atlas maps of the Straits, preceded only by a map...