Polonia Regnum, et Silesia Ducatus

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (*1571 - 1638)
Old coloured map of Poland and Silesia. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1635.

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Beautiful old coloured map of Poland and Silesia by Joan Blaeu. With Gdansk (Danzig), Szczecin (Stettin), Krosno Odrzańskie (Crossen), Głogów (Glogau) and Warsaw (Warszawa). Decorated with two cartouches and a coat of arms carried by putti. First published in Blaeu's Atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum in 1634. This example comes from the early Dutch edition of 1635.


CartographerWillem Janszoon Blaeu
TitlePolonia Regnum, et Silesia Ducatus
Publisher, YearJoan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1635
Plate Size41.5 x 51.2 cm (16.3 x 20.2 inches)
Sheet Size49.2 x 58.5 cm (19.4 x 23.0 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 1900:2


Backed with thin Japanese paper to the right of the centrefold. 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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Old coloured map of Poland and Silesia. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1635.

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