Old coloured map of North Rhine-Westphalia. Printed in Amsterdam by Blaeu in 1635.

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West oriented copper engraved map of North Rhine-Westphalia in original old colour. One nice coloured cartouche and numerous small coats-of-arms within the map. Showing the area between Wesel, Lippe, Nienhusen and Oldenburg. The plate was originally produced by Hondius. French text on verso.


CartographerWillem Janszoon Blaeu
TitleMonasteriensis Episcopatus
Publisher, YearBlaeu, Amsterdam, 1635
Plate Size37.5 x 49.5 cm (14.8 x 19.5 inches)
Sheet Size50.2 x 60.5 cm (19.8 x 23.8 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, 2330:2.3


Minor soiling in wide margin, excellent conditions.


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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Old coloured map of North Rhine-Westphalia. Printed in Amsterdam by Blaeu in 1635.

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