Tabula Magellanica, qua Tierrae del fuego cum celeberrimis fretis a F. Magellano et I....

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (*1571 - 1638)
Old coloured sea chart of the Strait of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1643.

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Blaeu's splendid map of Tierra de Fuego with the Strait of Magellan.

Old coloured sea chart of Tierra de Fuego with the Strait of Magellan and Le Maire Strait by Willem Blaeu. From the French edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, titled Theater du Noude Atlas, printed between 1643 and 1650.

Shows the islands at the southern tip of South America. Tierra de Fuego (formerly Magellanica) is separated by the Strait of Magellan from Patagonia, the mainland. The highly decorative map is decorated with a fleet of ships and rhumb lines with three compass roses. The map is considered to be one of the most beautiful of the region. With two cartouches and a dedication to Constantino Hugenio (Constantijn Huygens), the secretary of the two Princes of Orange, Frederick Henry and William II.

Ferdinand Magellan discovered and explored the sea route between the mainland of South America and Tierra del Fuego during his circumnavigation of the globe. The natural passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean is named today Strait of Magellan. Magellan himself died during this journey on 27 April 1521 in the Philippines.

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CartographerWillem Janszoon Blaeu
TitleTabula Magellanica, qua Tierrae del fuego cum celeberrimis fretis a F. Magellano et I. Le Maire detectis novissima et accuratissima descriptio exhibetur.
Publisher, YearJoan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1643-50
Plate Size41.2 x 53.6 cm (16.2 x 21.1 inches)
Sheet Size51.1 x 61.2 cm (20.1 x 24.1 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 9950:2B

Condition

Some minor browning at top 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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Willem Janszoon Blaeu: Tabula Magellanica, qua Tierrae del fuego cum celeberrimis fretis a F. Magellano et I. Le Maire detectis novissima et....
Old coloured sea chart of the Strait of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1643.

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