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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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1640 - Morea olim Peloponnesus . . .

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Nice old color example of Blaeu's map of Morea. Includes a coat of arms, sailing ships, decorative cartouche and scale of miles.


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1634 - Natolia, quae olim Asia Minor [shows Cyprus]

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Fine original hand-color example of Blaeu's decorative map of Asia Minor, showing Turkey, Cyprus and the Islands in the Aegean. This attractive map shows all of Turkey, Cyprus, and the Aegean Islands to a relatively high degree of accuracy. At the...


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1623 - De Zeecusten van Godtlant met de omleggend Eylandekens

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First edition of Blaeu's chart of part of Gotland, 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 map includes...


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1623 - De Custen van Schoonen en Sweden tusschen Bornholm ofte Sandthamer en Calmer

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First edition of Blaeu's chart of the southeastern coast of Sweden and part of the Danish Island of Bornholm, from Blaeu's Zeespiegel, Inhoudende Een Karte Onderwijsinghe in de Konst de Zeevaert, en Eene beschrijvinghe der Seekusten van de Oostersche,...


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1623 - De Zeecusten van Noorwegen, tusschen de Langesondt en Pater nosters (includes Oslo)

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First edition of Blaeu's chart of part of southwestern Norway, 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 map...


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1623 - Caarte der Schoonse en Zeelandsche Kust tusschen Kol en Valsterbon . . .

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First edition of Blaeu's chart of part of Denmark and Norway, 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 map is...


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1640 - Tabula Islandiae Auctore Georgio Carolo Flandro

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Fine old color example of Blaeu's map of Iceland. A stunning map, including an erupting volcano, sea monsters, sailing ships, decorative cartouches, compass rose and the spectacular landscape of Iceland. Carolius used Mercator's version of Bishop...


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1623 - De Zeecusten van Noorwegen tusschen Der Neus en Schuteness

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First edition of Blaeu's chart of part of southwestern Norway, 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 map...


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1623 - Afbeeldinghe der Zeecusten van Iutlandt sussche Schagen en Reshorn

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Fine example of this rare sea chart of part of Denmark, published by Blaeu in his Zeespiegel, first published in 1623. The Zeespiegel was the second of Blaeu's sea atlas, following after his Het Licht der Zee-Vaert, which was first issued in 1607. The...


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1624 - Pascaarte van't Zuijderdeel vande Belt

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Fine example of this rare sea chart of part of Denmark, published by Blaeu in his Zeespiegel, first published in 1623. The Zeespiegel was the second of Blaeu's sea atlas, following after his Het Licht der Zee-Vaert, which was first issued in 1607. The...


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1624 - Zeecaarte van't Noor der deel van de Belt

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Fine example of this rare sea chart of the east coast of Jutland, published by Blaeu in his Zeespiegel, first published in 1623. The Zeespiegel was the second of Blaeu's sea atlas, following after his Het Licht der Zee-Vaert, which was first issued in...


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1640 - Corsica

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Good example of Willem Blaeu's map of Corsica, set in a page of text.


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1635 - Sardinia

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Nice example of Willem Blaeu's map of Sardinia, set in a page of text. Fine dark impression and clean wide margins.


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1640 - Sicilia Regnum

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A gorgeous example of Blaeu's fine decorative map of Sicily, from his Atlas Novus. Blaeu's map is without doubt one of the most attractive of all 17th Century atlas maps of Sicily, with 2 ornate cartouches, large coat of arms, 4 sailing ships, sea...


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1650 - Asia Noviter Delineata

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Blaeu’s Iconic Map of the Continent of Asia with Decorative Vignettes Fine example of Blaeu's highly-stylized map of the continent of Asia, one of the most recognizable representations of the continent from the seventeenth century. The map is framed...


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1640 - Tartaria sive Magni Chami Imperium

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Nice example of Blaeu's map of China, Tartary and Central Asia, extending from Mongolia and Xanadu to the Caspian and the Volga River, and to Tibet and the Upper Ganges River. The Great Wall of China appears prominently.