Terra Firma et Novum Regnum Granatense et Popayan

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (*1571 - 1638)
Old coloured map of Colombia, Panama. Printed in Amsterdam by Willem and Joan Blaeu in 1635.

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Decorative, old coloured copper engraved map of Colombia by W. Blaeu. Shows parts of Ecuador with Esmeraldas in the south-west, up to Venezuela in the East. In the northwest with Panama and Costa Rica. With the detailed course of the Magdalena River. The map offers a good view of Colombia in the early 17th Century. Decorated with two large cartouches and two beautiful compass roses. Dutch text on verso.


CartographerWillem Janszoon Blaeu
TitleTerra Firma et Novum Regnum Granatense et Popayan
Publisher, YearWillem and Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1635
Plate Size37.5 x 48.8 cm (14.8 x 19.2 inches)
Sheet Size49.7 x 59.3 cm (19.6 x 23.3 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 9810:2.2


Excellent conditions with old colour.


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 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 business 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 most of the printing plates. Joan Blaeu died the following year, leaving the business to his three sons Willem (1635-1701), Pieter (1637-1706) and Joan II (1650-1712). While the business began to decline in the hands of his sons, the dominance of the Blaeu publishing house finally ended in 1703 when the V.O.C. stopped publishing maps bearing the Blaeu family name. Some of the surviving plates were bought by F. de Wit and Schenk & Valk.

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Old coloured map of Colombia, Panama. Printed in Amsterdam by Willem and Joan Blaeu in 1635.

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