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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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1636 - China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame dicta

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Blaeu's First Map of China Decorative map of China, Japan, Korea and including the north portion of the Philippines. The map depicts the eastern part of China (bounded in the west by the Great Wall), Korea as an island, and the three main islands of...


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1640 - India quae Orientalis dicitur et Insulae Adiacentes

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Blaeu's Detailed Map of Southeast Asia Showing Earliest Dutch Voyages to Encounter Australia Wide margined, old color example of Blaeu's map of Southeast Asia, extending from India to Tibet to Japan to New Guinea. The map is richly embellished and is...


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1640 - Magni Mogolis Imperium

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Old color example of Blaeu's map of India, based upon William Baffin's map of India, first published in about 1619. The map is bounded by Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and extends inland up the Ganges and Indus Rivers to Tartary and the...


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1640 - Moluccae Insulae Celeberrimae

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Finely colored example of Blaeu's important and highly decorative map of the Spice Islands. Wonderful, highly decorative cartouche, which many collectors will recognize as the thematic logo for the Miami International Map Fair. The map features a...


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1629 - Terra Sancta quae in Sacris Terra Promissionis Olim Palestina . . . 1629

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Old color example of Blaeu's map of the Holy Land. Includes large cartouche, two compass roses, sea monsters and other embellishments. One of the most decorative Holy Land maps of the period. Oriented with west at the top.


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1635 - Africae nova descriptio . . .

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Finely, Beautifully-Colored Example of Blaeu's Map of Africa Striking example of the second state of Blaeu’s expansive map of the continent of Africa, the most iconic map of Africa of the seventeenth century. The map is tightly framed around the...


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1608 - [Moroccan Coast -- Agadir, Essaouira, Safi] Afbeeldinge nae't leven der Zeecusten van Barbarien, van de C. Cantin zuijdwaert tot verbij de C. de Geer, mitsgaders de gelegentheijt van't eijlant Mogodor, alles op zijne rechte Streckinge en hoochte gestelt

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Early Dutch Sailing Chart of the Central Coast of Morocco -- Agadir, Essaouira, Safi Rare sea chart of the central coast of Morocco, centered on Essaouria. The chart is oriented with southeast toward the top and extends from C. de Cantin (El...


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1608 - [Morocco Coast -- Tangiers to El Beddouza] Eijgentlijke vertooninge der westcuste van Barbarien, tusschen de Strate van Gibraltar ende de C: de Cantin, zampt aller Reeden Havenen ende Rivieren aldaer gelegen, en hoemen die bequamelijck sal besijlen

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Early Dutch Sailing Chart of the Northern Coast of Morocco -- El Jadida, Casablanca, Rabat, Kenitra, Larache, Cap Spartel Rare sea chart of the north coast of Morocco, centered on Rabat and Casablanca. The chart is oriented with southeast toward the...


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1640 - Fezzae et Marocchi Regna Africae Celeberrima . . .

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A striking map of Morocco, showing large fortified towns of Marrakesh, Taradante and Fez, towns, mountains, rivers, lakes, etc. Tanger, Cueta and Rio Rabata also appear. Large decorative cartouche and sailing ships. Ortelius is credited in the title...


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1640 - Aethiopia Inferior vel Exterior . . . .

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Attractive map of Southern Africa and part of Madagascar, shortly before the first Dutch settlement in the region. The area shown is from the Congo River basin around the Cape of Good Hope and up the east coast as far as northern present-day...


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1640 - Guinea

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Fine Map of the Guinea Coast Included in Blaeu’s Famous Atlas and Including the Famous Apes of Dr. Tulp Detailed map of Guinea, showing the length of a coast important to African-European trade, including the slave trade. Originally drawn by Willem...


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1642 - [Title Page] Toonneel Des Aerdrycx, oft Nieuwe Atlas, uytgegeven door Wilhelm en Johan Blaeu

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Striking old color example of the title page from Blaeu's Atas Novus, first published in 1634. Marvelous ornated coat of arms and beautifully engraved figures. Title pages are increasingly collected. Noteworthy cartographic historians including R.V....


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1642 - [Title Page] Novus Atlas . . . (Heightened in Gold)

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Striking old color example of the title page for Blaeu's Novus Atlas.


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1645 - [Title Page]

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Nice example of the title page from a Volume of Blaeu's Atlas Novus, richly highlighted in Gold. Includes a stunning coat of arms. This is the most gold we have seen on a title page in several years.


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1650 - [Title Page] Theatrum Orbis Terrarum sive Atlas Novus Pars Secunda

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Striking old color example of the title page from Blaeu's Atas Novus, first published in 1634. Marvelous ornated coat of arms and beautifully engraved figures. Title pages are increasing collected. Noteworthy cartographic historians including R.V....


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1658 - [Title Page] Novus Atlas . . . (Heightened in Gold)

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Striking color example of the title page for Blaeu's Novus Atlas.