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1640. Britannia Prout Divisa fuit Temporibus Anglo-Saxonum, Praesertim Durante Illorum Heptarchia

  • Britannia Prout Divisa fuit Temporibus Anglo-Saxonum, Praesertim Durante Illorum Heptarchia

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 13251x10528 px
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 46.9416MiB
Number of pages: 
 1
Place: 
 Amsterdam

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  184.04 х 146.22
Printing at 150 dpi 
 88.34 х 70.19
Printing at 300 dpi 
 44.17 х 35.09

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Britannia Prout Divisa fuit Temporibus Anglo-Saxonum, Praesertim Durante Illorum Heptarchia

Spectacular Blaeu map showing the Saxon Kingdoms of Britain.

The map includes two sets of vignettes on either side of the map, which were first incorporated by Speed in his Heptarchy map of 1611, and show historical scenes in Saxon history between 456 and 662 A.D.

The vignettes have been completely redone by a Dutch engraver and are in the grand style of contemporary Dutch paintings.

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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Year of creation:
Size:
13251x10528 px
Disk:
46.9416MiB
Number of pages:
1
Place:
Amsterdam
Author:
Willem Janszoon Blaeu.
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