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:  Natolia, quae olim Asia Minor.

    Willem & Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1640-43

    Old coloured antique map of Asia Minor with Turkey and Cyprus by Willem Blaeu. With Constantinople (Istanbul), Smyrna (Izmir) and Antioch. Decorated with a beautiful title cartouche, sea monsters...

    Natolia, quae olim Asia Minor.
    1640 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12035

    Old coloured map of Turkey. Printed in Amsterdam by Willem & Joan Blaeu in 1640.

    490,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Stiria Steyrmarck

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1642-43

    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
    1642 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12692

    Coloured map of Styria, Steiermark. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1642.

    350,00 €
  • 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:  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:  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:  Connachtia vulgo Connaughty

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1654

    Antique map of Connacht in the north-west of Ireland by Joan Blaeu. Decorated with a magnificent cartouche and a coat of arms. This is the first variant without any ships. First published in...

    Connachtia vulgo Connaughty
    1654 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12477

    Old coloured map of Connacht, Northwestern Ireland. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1654.

    590,00 €
  • 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.

    1 680,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Das Wiflispurgergow. Gerardo Mercatore Auctore.

    Amsterdam, 1662

    Engraved map of Western Switzerland by Willem Janszoon Blaeu. The map shows the Romandie with the cantons of Vaud and Friborg, Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) in the south, Lake Thun (Thunersee) in the...

    Das Wiflispurgergow. Gerardo Mercatore Auctore.
    1662 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    11774

    Old coloured map of the Romandie, Fribourg, Vaud, Lake Geneve. Printed in Amsterdam in the year 1662.

    350,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Insulae Acores Delineante Ludovico Teisera

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1662

    Highly decorative sea chart of the Azores Islands. At the upper left the northwestern islands of Corvo and Flores, in the middle the central archipelago with Faial, Pico, São Jorge, Graciosa and...

    Insulae Acores Delineante Ludovico Teisera
    1662 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    11775

    Old coloured sea chart of the Azores Islands. Published by Joan Blaeu in Amsterdam in 1662.

    970,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Lusatia Superior Authore Barthol. Sculteto Gorlitio.

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1663

    Antique map of Upper Lusatia by Joan Blaeu. Showing the east of Saxony with Hoyerswerda, Bautzen, Zittau and Görlitz. Decorated with two cartouches and coat of arms. First published in Blaeu's...

    Lusatia Superior Authore Barthol. Sculteto Gorlitio.
    1663 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12040

    Old coloured map of Upper Lusatia, Saxony. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1663.

    250,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Sarnia Insula, vulgo Garnsey: et Insula Caesarae, vernacule Jarsey

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1663-67

    Antique map of the Channel Islands by Joan Blaeu. Shows the islands of Guernsey and Jersey in the English Channel. Decorated with two magnificent cartouches, a coat of arms and several sailing...

    Sarnia Insula, vulgo Garnsey: et Insula Caesarae, vernacule Jarsey
    1663 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12475

    Old coloured map of Jersey, Guernsey, Channel Islands. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1663.

    590,00 €
  • Gerard Valk:  Novus Planiglobii Terrestris per Utrumque Polum Conspectus

    Amsterdam, 1672 [1695]

    The Most Interesting World Map of its Period.The mysterious final Blaeu world map in polar projection. Engraved by Joan Blaeu in 1672, but never published by himself because of the great...

    Novus Planiglobii Terrestris per Utrumque Polum Conspectus
    1672 - Gerard Valk
    12554

    Old coloured map of the world by Joan Blaeu. Printed 1695 in Amsterdam by G. Valk.

    4 900,00 €
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Celeberrimi Fluvii Albis nova delineatio. Auctore Christiano Mollero.

    J. Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1628 [circa 1640]

    Very decorative map of the Elbe between Hamburg and the North Sea by W. Blaeu. Showing the Lower Elbe from Geesthacht to the mouth of the Elbe into the North Sea. The fairway is marked with buoys....

    Celeberrimi Fluvii Albis nova delineatio. Auctore Christiano Mollero.
    1628 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    12669

    Coloured map of the course of the Elbe River. Printed in Amsterdam by J. Blaeu 1628 [circa 1640].

  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Germaniae Veteris typus

    Amsterdam, circa 1630

    Attractive map of the Ancient Germany after Abraham Ortelius by Blaeu. From a Latin edition of "Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive, Atlas novus".

    Germaniae Veteris typus
    1630 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    10107

    Antique map of Germany. Printed in Amsterdam circa 1630.

  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Paraguay, o Prov. de Rio de la Plata cum regionibus adiacentibus Tucuman et S.ta Cruz de la Sierra

    1630

    Attractive map of Paraguay. Wtih 2 cartouche and a seamonster.

    Paraguay, o Prov. de Rio de la Plata cum regionibus adiacentibus Tucuman...
    1630 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    10052

    Antique map of Paraguay. Printed in the year 1630.

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