Coloured sea chart of West Africa. Printed in Amsterdam by Willem & Joan Blaeu in 1642.

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Description

Very decorative antique sea chart of West Africa by Willem Blaeu. Showing the Gulf of Guinea with the coasts of Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea to Gabon. With elephants, lions and monkeys. Decorated with a beautiful title cartouche, sailing ships and two compass roses.

Published for the first time in Theatrum Orbis Terrarum in 1634. This example is from the Dutch edition of 1642/43. The map remained unchanged for the different editions, only the text on verso has changed.

Details

CartographerWillem Janszoon Blaeu
TitleGuinea
Publisher, YearWillem & Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1642-43
Plate Size38.6 x 52.8 cm (15.2 x 20.8 inches)
Sheet Size52.5 x 61.5 cm (20.7 x 24.2 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 8700:2A

Condition

Upper margin somewhat creased. Small tear in the upper centrefold backed in margin. Very good condition.

Cartographer

Willem Janszoon Blaeu was born 1571 in Alkmaar. He was trained from 1594 to 1596 by the famous danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. 1599 he went to Amsterdam and founded a business as globe maker. Later he started producing map and sea charts, including his first world map in 1605. In 1633 he was appointed Hydrographer for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). His most famous work was the Atlas Novus or Theatrum Orbis Terrarum sive Atlas Novus of 1635, which was published until 1655 in total six volumes. After Blaeu's death in 1638 his sons Joan and Cornelis continued the businees and finished the Atlas Novus and started an even larger work, the Atlas Maior, which reached 12 volumes. In 1672 a fire destroyed the printing house and a year later Joan died. Some of the surviving plates where bought by F. de Wit and Schenk & Valk. The business was closed finally in 1695.

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Coloured sea chart of West Africa. Printed in Amsterdam by Willem & Joan Blaeu in 1642.

West Africa - Blaeu, Willem Janszoon - Guinea

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