Beautiful copper engraving map from the Ancient Germany of Abraham Ortelius by Joan Blaeu. From one of the two Latin editions of the Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive Atlas novus from 1644-55.
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: Germaniae Veteris typus.
Old coloured map of Germany. Printed in Amsterdam in the year 1644.
Germany - Blaeu, Willem Janszoon - Germaniae Veteris typus