Coloured map of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Breslau. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1647.

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Antique map of Lower Silesia by Joan Blaeu. Shows the area between Frankfurt Oder in the northwest, via Crossen (Krosno Odrzańskie), Glogau (Głogów), Freiberg to Brieg (Brzeg) in the southeast. Decorated with two cartouches, a coat of arms and a key. First published in Blaeu's Atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum in 1642. This example comes from the German edition of 1647-49.


CartographerWillem Janszoon Blaeu
TitleSilesia Inferior
Publisher, YearJoan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1647-49
Plate Size41.7 x 51.5 cm (16.4 x 20.3 inches)
Sheet Size51.3 x 60.0 cm (20.2 x 23.6 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 2910:2.2


Minor staining in margin. 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 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 Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Breslau. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1647.

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