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.


1640 - Frisia Occientalis . . .

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Blaeu's map of the region extending from Kuynder and Staveren in the south to Dockum and Oosdon in the north. Three cartouches, coat of arms, compass rose and rhumb lines.


1635 - Sueviae Nova Tabula.

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Antique engraved map of the area south of Heidelberg, showing Stuttgart, Ulm, Augsburg, and the River Danube. It also covers some of northern Switzerland including Basel and Zurich. The map was made by Willem Janszoon Blaeu in Amsterdam. The map...


1635 - Argow cum parte merid. Zurichgow

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Antique engraved map of the Swiss Canton of Argow, south of Zurich, published by Willem Janszoon Blaeu in Amsterdam. The map shows Lucern and Lake Lucern.


1635 - Das Wiflispurgergow Gerardo Mercatore Auctore

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Detailed map of Southwestern Switzerland, showing Geneva, Lake Geneva, Lake Neuchatel, Lake Biel, Bern, Freiburg, Lake Thuner, etc. Decorative cartouche.


1635 - Alpinae seu Foederatae Rhaetiae Subditarumque ei Terrarum nova descriptio.

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Antique Willem Janszoon Blaeu map of the Canton of Grisons, the largest and easternmost Canton of Switzerland. The map shows the towns and cities of the mountainous region, including Davos and St. Moritz. Beautiful cartouche at the upper right with...


1607 - Gallia Le Royaume de France

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Rare edition of Blaeu's 1607 map of France, modified by Blaeu for publication in his 1631 Atlas Appendix, prior to completion of his updated map of France which appeared thereafter. The map was first published with border figures in 1607. When Blaeu...


1635 - Alsatia Landgraviatus cum Suntgoia et Brisgoia Ger. Mercatore Auctore.

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Large antique engraved map of the Alsace Region, focusing on the cities of Basel and Strasbourg. The map was published by Willem Janszoon Blaeu, based on a map by Gerard Mercator. This folding map is larger than the typical double-page folio map that...


1640 - Picardia Regio Belgica, Auctore Ioanne Surhonio

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Decorative map of the Picardie region of Northwestern France, with decorative cartouche and coat of arms. The map is centered on Amiens.


1642 - Picataviae Ducatus Descriptio, Vulgo Le Pais De Poictou

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Decorative early map of the Poictou region, including Isle d'Re and Isle d'Oleron. Decorative title banner, cartouche and compass rose. Old color.


1642 - Comitatuum Boloniae et Guines Descriptio

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Early regional map of France, showing the French Coastline from Estapels to Greuelinge. Includes Boulonge, Cales, Borborch, S. Omar, Renty, Montreul, Guine, Hames and Fiennes. Two decorative cartouches, coats of arms, sailing ships and compass roses.


1642 - Comitatus Bellovacum Vernacule Beauvais

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Attractive map of Beauvais region, showing Meulan, Pontoise, Compienge (Champagne), Milly and Beauvais. Fine old color example.


1642 - Lotharingia Ducatus; Vulgo Lorraine

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Fine old color example of Blaeu's map of the Lorraine Reigon, centered on Bayone and Nancy and including the Sar and Moselle River Valleys. Title banner and decorative coat of arms.


1642 - Loudonois -- Laudunum [on sheet with] Mirebalais

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Decorative pair of regional maps of France, the larger map centered on the town of Loudun and the smaller map showing Mirebeau, Moncontour, Ceaux, Champigni, and Chasteherault.


1642 - Champagne latine Campania Comitatus

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Decorative map of the Champagne Region. Large decorative cartouche, scale of miles and 2 coats of arms.


1608 - [Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rugen, Bornholm, Lubeck, Sonnderborg,Svendborg, Zealand] Beschrijvinghe vant zuijder deel vande Belt, en hoemen de Custen van Mekeleborch Pomeren, met de Lande daer tegen over tusschen emeren en Bornholm geleghe besijlen en all

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Fehmarn Belt -- An Early Sailing Chart Rare sea chart of the Fehmarn Belt, a strait connecting the north coast of Germany and the island of Lolland off south coast of Denmark, oriented with south at the top, which appeared in Blaeu's Het Licht der...


1624 - De Zeecusten van Holsterlandt, Mekelenborch, en de Eijlanden Laland, Flaster en Meun

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Fine example of this rare sea chart of part of the coastlines of Germany and Denmark, published by Blaeu in his Zeespiegel, first published in 1623. The present chart is oriented with South at the top and includes Lubeck, Wismer and Rostock, along the...