Coloured map of Gothia, Götaland, Sweden. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan & Cornelius Blaeu in 1641.

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Beautiful coloured map of southern Sweden showing Götaland. This is the early version of the map with mileage scale cartouche and without publishers address. With two large coat of arms and several small regional arms, a large figural title cartouche and many ships. From the German edition of Novus Atlas published by Joan and Cornelius Blaeu 1641/42, with German text on verso.


CartographerWillem Janszoon Blaeu
Publisher, YearJoan & Cornelius Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1641-42
Plate Size41.5 x 52.5 cm (16.3 x 20.7 inches)
Sheet Size50.0 x 58.8 cm (19.7 x 23.1 inches)


A minor crease at centrefold, small tears in margin, tears in upper and lower centrefold completly backed.


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 Gothia, Götaland, Sweden. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan & Cornelius Blaeu in 1641.

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