Comitatus Marchia et Ravensberg

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (*1571 - 1638)
Coloured map of Mark and Ravensberg. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu circa 1635.

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Antique map of the counties of Mark and Ravensberg by W. J. Blaeu. At the bottom centre a large cartouche with the coats of arms of the two counties. At the bottom left a small map of the county of Ravensberg. With Wesel, Dorsten, Dinslaken, Moers, Duisburg, Essen, Hattingen, Bochum, Dortmund and Hagen.

First published in Blaeu's Atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum in 1634. This example has no text on the back and comes from the early edition of the atlas from 1634-35.


CartographerWillem Janszoon Blaeu
TitleComitatus Marchia et Ravensberg
Publisher, YearJoan Blaeu, Amsterdam, circa 1635
Plate Size38.3 x 50.1 cm (15.1 x 19.7 inches)
Sheet Size52.9 x 61.5 cm (20.8 x 24.2 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 2387:2


Somewhat browned. Very 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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Coloured map of Mark and Ravensberg. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu circa 1635.

North Rhine-Westphalia - Blaeu, Willem Janszoon - Comitatus Marchia et Ravensberg

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