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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.



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1635 - Tabula Russiae ex autographo, quod delineandum curavit Foedor filius Tzaris Borois desumta . . . MDCXIIII

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Decorative hand-colored example of Hessel Gerritsz's map of Russia, with the large inset of Moscow and plan of Archangelsckagoroda. Hessel Gerritsz's map of Russia, first issued 1613, was published by Blaeu after he acquired the plate following...


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1640 - Polonia Regnum et Silesia Ducatus

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Old color example of Blaeu's map of Poland showing the region from the Oder east to Podlachia on the Bug. Also shows parts of Prussia and Brandenberg. A highly decorative map of Poland, including several coats of arms, cherubs and cartouches.


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1608 - (Gulf of Finland) Beschrijvinghe vande wonderlijcke gebroocken custe van Oost-Vinlant, Item vande noordelijeste deelen van Lijflant, ende de custen van Ruslant aen't uijterste vande Osster-zee geleghen, Hoemen alle plaetsen aldaer beseijlen en alle forch

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One of the Earliest Detailed Sea Charts of the Baltic Coastline Finely engraved sea chart Gulf of Finland, extending from St. Petersburg in the east to Estonia and the entire coast of Southern Finland. The chart appeared in Blaeu's Her Licht der...


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1623 - De Rivier van Kola en het Eijlandt Kildijn . . .

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First edition of Blaeu's chart of part of Lapland, near Murmansk, from Blaeu's Zeespiegel, Inhoudende Een Karte Onderwijsinghe in de Konst de Zeevaert, en Eene beschrijvinghe der Seekusten van de Oostersche, Noordsche, en Westersche Schipvaert. The...


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1623 - Pascaaere vande Lijflandsche zee van Revel en Elsenvos tot het uijterste der Oost-zee

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First edition of Blaeu's chart the Narva Bay and the area around St. Petersberg in Russia, from Blaeu's Zeespiegel, Inhoudende Een Karte Onderwijsinghe in de Konst de Zeevaert, en Eene beschrijvinghe der Seekusten van de Oostersche, Noordsche, en...


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1635 - [Ukraine / Dniepr River] Lectori S. Hunc Borysthenis tractum ut ad nostrum Geographiae tabulam . . .

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Striking 2-sheet map of the Dniepr River, engraved by Hessel Gerritzs. The map was originally issued as the eastern part of Blaeu's 6-sheet wall map of Lithuania. The map shows the course of the Dnieper River from Cherkasy to the estuary on the Black...


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1640 - Hungaria Regnum

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Striking example of Blaeu's map of the Kingdom of Hungary. Includes decorative cartouche, coat of arms, etc.


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1635 - Transylvania Sibenburgen

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Fine old colored example of Blaeu's map of Transylvania and Sibenberg, first issued by Blaeu in 1634. Includes decorative cartouche and coat of arms.


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1635 - Walachia Servia, Bulgaria, Romania

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Nice old color example of Blaeu's map of the Lower Danube, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Macedonia. Includes decorative cartouche, coat of arms, etc.


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1623 - (Saaremaa)'t Noorder deel vande Rijghse Inham, de Meunsondt en 't Eylandt Dageroort

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Rare map of the Island of Oesel (Saaremaa) and contiguous coastline of the Gulf of Riga, from the first edition of Blaeu's rare Zeespiegel, Inhoudende Een Karte Onderwijsinghe in de Konst de Zeevaert, en Eene beschrijvinghe der Seekusten van de...


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1640 - Livonia vulgo Lyefland

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Nice example of this decorative map of the Baltic, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Gottalandia, and parts of Sweden (including Stockholm) and Finland (including Helsinki). The map includes a decorative cartouche, the coats of arms for Sweden, Finland,...


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1640 - Sclavonia, Croatia, Bosnia, cum Dalmatiae cum Dalmatiae Parte . . .

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Nice example of Blaeu's decorative early map of the Balkans and the Gulf of Venice, with a large decorative cartouche. Includes Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia. Includes 3 coats of arms and a sailing ship.


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1635 - Ducato di Urbino

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Nice example of Blaeu's double-page engraved map of the Duchy of Urbino in the Marche region of central Italy.


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1635 - Stato Della Chiesa Con La Toscana [Tuscany, Rome, Florence, Siena, Pisa, etc.]

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Nice example of Blaeu's map of the central portion of Italy, from Blaeu's Atlas Novus. Includes sailing ships, sea monster, and other decorative embellishments.


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1640 - Mantua Ducatus

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Decorative regional map of the area around Mantua, with two large cartouches.


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1640 - Montisferrati Ducatus

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Decorative wide margined example of Blaeu's detailed regional map of Northern Italy. Larger cities on the map include Turin, Alba, Aste, Casale Monferrato, Allesandria della Paglia, Acqui Terme, Novara, etc. Includes three cartouches and coat of arms.