Celeberrimi Fluvii Albis nova delineatio. Auctore Christiano Mollero.

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (*1571 - 1638)
Coloured map of the course of the Elbe River. Printed in Amsterdam by J. Blaeu 1628 [circa 1640].

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Very decorative map of the Elbe between Hamburg and the North Sea by W. Blaeu. Showing the Lower Elbe from Geesthacht to the mouth of the Elbe into the North Sea. The fairway is marked with buoys. With Hamburg, Brunsbüttel, Glückstadt, Winsen, Stade, Crempe, Buxtehude and Flückstadt. Decorated with two cartouches, sailing ships, two compass roses and two coats of arms. Orientted to the South. The two halves, originally printed on top of each other, joined next to each other. Latin text on verso.


CartographerWillem Janszoon Blaeu
TitleCeleberrimi Fluvii Albis nova delineatio. Auctore Christiano Mollero.
Publisher, YearJ. Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1628 [circa 1640]
Plate Size15.5 x 106.2 cm (6.1 x 41.8 inches)
Sheet Size18.5 x 110.0 cm (7.3 x 43.3 inches)


Two vertical folds repaired. Good condition.


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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Willem Janszoon Blaeu: Celeberrimi Fluvii Albis nova delineatio. Auctore Christiano Mollero..
Coloured map of the course of the Elbe River. Printed in Amsterdam by J. Blaeu 1628 [circa 1640].

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