Antique map of Rutland by Joan Blaeu. Decorated with two cartouches and several coats of arms. First published in Blaeu's Atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum in 1645. This example was curiously printed with French text on verso and another sheet was pasted over with Spanish text for the Spanish edition of the atlas published in 1658-62. Beautiful old colours, partly heightened in gold.
Very good condition with wide margin.
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: Rutlandia Comitatus. Rutlandshire..
Old coloured map of Rutland, England. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1658.
British Islands - Blaeu, Willem Janszoon - Rutlandia Comitatus. Rutlandshire.