Antique Maps by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (*1571 - 1638)

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.
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus. Partis Primae pars altera.

    Willem Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1633

    Title page of the Netherlands section from the Latin edition of Blaeu's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum , early edition published 1633 in Amsterdam. Architectual facade. Old coloured.

    Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus. Partis Primae pars altera.
    1633 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12723

    Blaeu's title page for Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Printed in Amsterdam in 1633.

    490,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Corsica

    W. J. Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1634

    First state of Blaeu's map of Corsica, published 1634 in the German edition of Atlas Novus . State in which map itself has no separate title, only letterpress title above. Later editions have...

    Corsica
    1634 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    11438

    Coloured map of Corse, Corsica. Printed in Amsterdam by W. J. Blaeu in 1634.

    400,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame dicta

    J. Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1634

    Blaeu's first Map of China.Old coloured map of China by Willem Blaeu. China is outlined in green and bounded by the Great Wall in the north. Korea is still depicted as an island. The...

    China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame dicta
    1634 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    11508

    Old coloured map of China. Printed in Amsterdam by J. Blaeu in 1634.

    2 000,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Turcicum Imperium

    J. Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1635

    Beautiful old coloured map of the Turkish Empire by Willem Blaeu. Very decorative map of the Ottoman Empire issued during the first half of the 17th Century. The beautiful title cartouche shows...

    Turcicum Imperium
    1635 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    11509

    Old coloured map of the Ottoman Empire. Printed in Amsterdam by J. Blaeu in 1635.

    1 200,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Madrid [El Escorial]

    W. Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1635

    Woodcut view of the El Escorial by W. Blaeu. Shows the palace and monastery complex Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial in the northwest of Madrid. From Cosmographiae Generalis by Paulus...

    Madrid [El Escorial]
    1635 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12630

    Antique woodcut town view of El Escorial, Madrid. Printed in Amsterdam by W. Blaeu in 1635.

    90,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  P. Merulae Cosmographiae Partis II ... Europa & speciatim Hispania describitur.

    W. Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1635

    Titlepage of Cosmographiae Generalis by Paulus Merula. With a small woodcut of a terrestrial and celestial globe on a beam balance. Printed 1635 by Willem Blaeu in Amsterdam.

    P. Merulae Cosmographiae Partis II ... Europa & speciatim Hispania...
    1635 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12636

    Woodcut of a title page. Printed in Amsterdam by W. Blaeu in 1635.

    35,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Polonia Regnum, et Silesia Ducatus

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1635

    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...

    Polonia Regnum, et Silesia Ducatus
    1635 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12967

    Old coloured map of Poland and Silesia. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1635.

    850,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Comitatus Marchia et Ravensberg

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, circa 1635

    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...

    Comitatus Marchia et Ravensberg
    1635 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12973

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

    380,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Wirtenberg Ducatus

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1638

    Antique map of Württemberg by Joan Blaeu. Shows Southern Germany between Offenburg, Sigmaringen, Ulm and Heidelberg with Esslingen in the centre. Decorated with a title cartouche and a coat of...

    Wirtenberg Ducatus
    1638 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12968

    Coloured map of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1638.

    390,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Asia noviter delineata

    Amsterdam, 1641-42

    One of the most beautiful maps of Asia of the 17th century.Willem Blaeu's map of Asia is one of the most beautiful maps of the continent published during the 17th century. It features ten...

    Asia noviter delineata
    1641 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12856

    Antique map of Asien with borders by Willem J. Blaeu. Published 1641 in Amsterdam.

    3 400,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula auct: Guiljelmo Blaeuw.

    Amsterdam, 1641-49

    One of the Most Famous World Maps of Dutch Cartography with Stunning Old Colours.Perhaps the finest world map ever printed. This map represents the apogee of seventeenth century Dutch...

    Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula auct:...
    1641 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12865

    Old coloured world map with borders by Willem J. Blaeu. Published 1643 in Amsterdam.

    14 000,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Alemannia sive Suevia Superior A. Christophoro Hurtero.

    J. Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1642-43

    Nice old coloured copper engraved map of Swabia by WJ Blaeu. The west-oriented map shows the Lake Constance and the Allgäu Alps and Vorarlberg left side and the Danube on the right third of the...

    Alemannia sive Suevia Superior A. Christophoro Hurtero.
    1642 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    11152

    Old coloured map of Swabia, Baden-Württemberg. Printed in Amsterdam by J. Blaeu in 1642.

    420,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Novus Atlas, das ist Welt-beschreibung mit schönen newen aussfuehrlichen Land-Taffeln in Kupfer...

    Johannes & Cornelius Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1642

    Title page of the Netherlands section from the German edition of Blaeu's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum , published 1642 in Amsterdam. Architectual facade. Old coloured, fully high-lighted with gold leaf.

    Novus Atlas, das ist Welt-beschreibung mit schönen newen aussfuehrlichen...
    1642 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12700

    Blaeu's title page for Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Printed in Amsterdam in 1642.

    390,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Sueviae Nova Tabula.

    Blaeu, Willem, Amsterdam, 1642-43

    Beautiful antique map of Swabia by Willem Blaeu. The north-oriented map shows the area between Lucerne, Rosenheim and Heidelberg with the Lake Constance. Centred around Ulm. With a beautiful title...

    Sueviae Nova Tabula.
    1642 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12946

    Coloured map of Swabia. Printed in Amsterdam by Blaeu, Willem in 1642.

    350,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Tabula Magellanica, qua Tierrae del fuego cum celeberrimis fretis a F. Magellano et I. Le Maire...

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1643-50

    Blaeu's splendid map of Tierra de Fuego with the Strait of Magellan.Old coloured sea chart of Tierra de Fuego with the Strait of Magellan and Le Maire Strait by Willem Blaeu. From the French...

    Tabula Magellanica, qua Tierrae del fuego cum celeberrimis fretis a F....
    1643 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    11765

    Old coloured sea chart of the Strait of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1643.

    1 250,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Europa recens descripta a Guilielmo Blaeuw

    Amsterdam, 1644-1655

    Blaeu's famous Map of Europe with Beautiful Old Colours.A striking and highly decorative map of Europe by Willem J. Blaeu, produced at the height of the Golden Age of Dutch mapmaking. With...

    Europa recens descripta a Guilielmo Blaeuw
    1644 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12753

    Old coloured map of Europe with borders by Willem J. Blaeu. Published 1644-55 in Amsterdam.

    4 600,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Stiria Steyrmarck

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1644-50

    Antique map of Styria by Joan Blaeu. Showing Styria with adjacent provinces. With Leoben, Kapfenberg, Bruck an der Mur and Feldbach, Graz in the centre. Above right a beautiful title cartouche with...

    Stiria Steyrmarck
    1644 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12951

    Coloured map of Styria, Steiermark. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1644.

    420,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Ceretica sive Cardiganensis comitatus

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, after 1645

    Antique map of Ceredigion by Joan Blaeu. Shows the historic county of Cardiganshire / Ceredigion in the west of Wales. Decorated with two cartouches, several coats of arms, sailing ships and two...

    Ceretica sive Cardiganensis comitatus
    1645 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12651

    Old coloured map of Ceredigion, Cardiganshire. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1645.

    350,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus. Partis Primae pars altera.

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1645

    Title page of the Netherlands section from the Latin edition of Blaeu's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum , published 1645 in Amsterdam. Architectual facade. Old coloured.

    Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus. Partis Primae pars altera.
    1645 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12722

    Blaeu's title page for Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Printed in Amsterdam in 1645.

    420,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Americae nova Tabula

    Amsterdam, 1645-65

    One of the most sought after maps of America.A stunning old colored example of Willem J. Blaeu's map of America from the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography. With decorative panels of portraits...

    Americae nova Tabula
    1645 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12854

    Antique map of America with borders by Willem J. Blaeu. Published around 1645 in Amsterdam.

    5 900,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Maritima Brasiliae Universae - Qua Patet Orbis

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1647 [1652]

    This very rare coastal map of Brazil, issued separately, is based on Joan Blaeu's monumental 1647 wall map of Dutch Brazil. This sheet is the lower left part of the wall map compiled by the German...

    Maritima Brasiliae Universae - Qua Patet Orbis
    1647 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12969

    Old coloured map of Brazil. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1652.

    2 900,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Rutlandia Comitatus. Rutlandshire.

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1658-62

    Antique map of Rutland by Joan Blaeu. Decorated with two cartouches and several coats of arms. First published in Blaeu's Atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum in 1645. This example was curiously printed...

    Rutlandia Comitatus. Rutlandshire.
    1658 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12051

    Old coloured map of Rutland, England. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1658.

    350,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Namurcum comitatus Auctore Iohann Surhonio

    Amsterdam, circa 1660

    Old coloured copper engraved map of the central part of Belgium by J. Blaeu. Showing the regions around Namur and Dinant. Cartouche with coats of arms and cherubs, unusual compass rose flanked by a...

    Namurcum comitatus Auctore Iohann Surhonio
    1660 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    10413

    Old coloured map of Namur. Printed in Amsterdam circa 1660.

    160,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Praefecturae de Paraiba, et Rio Grande

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1662

    Impressive and coveted map of the coastline in the north-east of Brazil. The map was published for the first time by J. Blaeu in Rerum per octennium in Brasilia by Caspar Barlaeus in 1647 and...

    Praefecturae de Paraiba, et Rio Grande
    1662 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    11769

    Old coloured map of Rio Grande do Norte, Paraiba, Brazil. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1662.

    1 400,00 €
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