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 - Braunswyck & Meydburg cum ceteris adiacentbus

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Old color example of Blaeu's map of the Brunswick and Saxony-Anhalt region of Germany. Larger towns in the region include Magedburg, Halberstadt, and Brunswick.


1640 - Osnabrugensis Episcopatus Auctore Ionane Gigante

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Beautifully colored map of the German Province of Hanover with Osnabrück at center. The large strapwork title cartouche incorporates a fine view of the city with its many steeples dominating the sky-line. At lower right is an inset of Reckenberg....


1640 - Ducatus Luneburgensis Adiacentiumqu regionum delineatio Auctore Iohanne Mellingero

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Striking full color example of Blaeu's regional map of Germany. Extends from Hamburg to Wolfenbuttel, showing the lower Albis River. Bremen, Lunenborg, Nienborg, Brunswig, Magedburg and Oldenburg also appear on the map. Two decorative cartouches.


1640 - Monasteriensis Episcopatus

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Detailed regional map of the Munster region of Germany, published by Blaeu in Amsterdam. The is oriented with west at the top, centered on Munster and includes Osnabruck, Lingen, Wesel, Coevoerden (Netherlands), and Oldenberg. Includes numerous small...


1640 - Paderbornensis Episcopatus Descriptio Nova . . .

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Nice old color example of the Bishoprick of Paderborn, published in Amsterdam by Blaeu. The map is centered on Paderborn and includes multiple coats of arms of the different regions illustrated.


1640 - Westphalia Ducatus

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Fine map of the Duchy of Westphalia, published in Amsterdam by Blaeu. The map is centered on Meschede and includes Arensberg, Beelick, and Brilon.


1640 - Waldeck Comitatus

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Finely colored example of this regional map of the County of Waldeck, published in Amsterdam by Blaeu. The map includes Waldeck and Korbach. Decorative coat of arms.


1640 - Clivia Ducatus et Ravenstein Dominium

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Fine old color example of Blaeu's map the Duchy of Cleve and Dominion of Ravenstein. Shows the course of the Rhine as it flows from Germany toward Gelderland. Larger cities include Emmerick, Wesel and Kleve.


1640 - Coloniensis Archiepiscopatus . . .

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Decorative map of western Germany, Nuremberg, published by Blaeu in Amsterdam Shows Coblentz, Cologne, Wessel, Kempen, Dortmund and the course of the Rhine. West is at the top of the map. Decorative strapwork title cartouche.


1640 - Franconia Vulgo Franckenlandt . . .

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Fine old color example of Blaeu's map of part of southern Germany, including the cities of Bamberg and Nurenberg. Cartouches depict a coat of arms and cherubs with wine and grapes.


1640 - Erpach Comitatus

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Old color example of Blaeu's regional map of Erpach, showing the region between the Rhine, Necar and Mayn River, including Heidelberg and Erpach. Other cities include Dorfenbach, Miltenberg, Amorbach, Werde Obernburg, Darmstadt, Erfelt, Pufunstatt,...


1640 - Nassovia Comitatus

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Finely detailed map of the County of Nassau, published by Blaeu. The map includes the towns of Nassau, Dietz, Siegen and Herborn.


1640 - Silesiae Ducatus . . .

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Nice example of Blaeu's map of Silesia, centered on Breslau. The map extends to Cracow in the southeast, and includes Racibórz, Glogaw, and Krosno. Follows the course of the Oder. Two cartouches and coat of arms.


1635 - Stiria Steyrmarck.

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Detailed map of Stiria, published by Willem Blaeu. The map tracks the region north of the Drava River. Major cities include Gratz, Voitsberg, Bruck an der Mur, Kapfenberg, Leoben, Kobenz, Knittelfeld, Obdach, Kreiglach,


1640 - Austria Archiducatus auctore Wolfgango Lazio

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Striking full color example of Blaeu' map of Austria. The map is centered on the Danube River, from the Bavarian border to Pressburg, centered on Wien (Vienna).


1613 - Magni Ducatus Lithuaniae Caeterarumque Regionum Illi Adjacentium . . . Anno 1613

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The Most Important Map of Lithuania and Poland from the first part of the 17th century Fine example of this important wall map of Lithuania and parts of Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, etc. extending to Cracow, Kiev, Warsaw, Riga, Konigsberg,...