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 Atlas Novus or 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 businees 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 a year later Joan died. Some of the surviving plates where bought by F. de Wit and Schenk & Valk. The business was closed finally in 1695.
  • 1664 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Sevende Stuck der Aerdrycks-Beschryving, Welck Vervat Italien en Griecken.

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1664-65

    A splendid copy of Blaeu's Atlas of Italy and Greece. All 67 maps finely coloured by a contemporary hand.The Italy and Greece Atlas of Atlas Maior by Joan Blaeu is considered as one of the...

    Sevende Stuck der Aerdrycks-Beschryving, Welck Vervat Italien en Griecken.
    12079

    Atlas of Italy and Greece from Atlas Maior by Joan Blaeu. Printed 1664 in Amsterdam.

    24 000,00 €
  • 1634 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    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
    11508

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

    2 000,00 €
  • 1662 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    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
    11769

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

    1 680,00 €
  • 1640 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali, cum Terris adiacentibus

    Willem & Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1640-43

    Blaeu's Striking Sea Chart of the West IndiesHand-coloured antique sea chart of the West Indies by Willem Blaeu. With the East Coast of the Americas from Chesapeake Bay to the Orinoco. First...

    Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali, cum Terris adiacentibus
    11919

    Coloured sea chart of the West Indies, Florida. Printed in Amsterdam by Willem & Joan Blaeu in 1640.

    1 450,00 €
  • 1643 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    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....
    11765

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

    1 250,00 €
  • 1635 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    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
    11509

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

    1 200,00 €
  • 1662 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    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
    11775

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

    970,00 €
  • 1640 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    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.
    12035

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

    490,00 €
  • 1642 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Guinea

    Willem & Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1642-43

    Very decorative antique sea chart of West Africa by Willem Blaeu. Showing the Gulf of Guinea with the coasts of Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea to Gabon. With elephants,...

    Guinea
    12045

    Coloured sea chart of West Africa. Printed in Amsterdam by Willem & Joan Blaeu in 1642.

    450,00 €
  • 1644 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Nova totius Germaniae descriptio

    Amsterdam, 1644-55

    Old coloured antique map of Germany by Joan Blaeu. Decorated with a large coat of arms and a compass rose. From one of the two Latin editions of the Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive Atlas novus from...

    Nova totius Germaniae descriptio
    11779

    Old coloured map of Germany. Printed in Amsterdam in the year 1644.

    420,00 €
  • 1634 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    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
    11438

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

    400,00 €
  • 1645 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Cantabrigiensis Comitatus, Cambridge Shire.

    Blaeu Family, Amsterdam, circa 1645

    Attractive map of the country of Cambridgeshire in England by Blaeu in original old colours. With coats-of-arms of noble families and colleges. French text on verso.

    Cantabrigiensis Comitatus, Cambridge Shire.
    11195

    Old coloured map of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. Printed in Amsterdam by Blaeu Family circa 1645.

    390,00 €
  • 1638 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Oldenburg Comitatus

    G. Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1638

    Antique map of Oldenburg in the Oldenburger Land, Lower Saxony by G. Blaeu. Shows the Oldenburg country between the Weser river and East Friesland from Bremen to Jever and Wildeshausen. Oldenburg...

    Oldenburg Comitatus
    11846

    Coloured map of Oldenburg, Lower Saxony. Printed in Amsterdam by G. Blaeu in 1638.

    390,00 €
  • 1662 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    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 in the south, Lake Thun (Thunersee) in the east and Lake...

    Das Wiflispurgergow. Gerardo Mercatore Auctore.
    11774

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

    350,00 €
  • 1644 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Germaniae Veteris typus

    Amsterdam, 1644-55

    Beautiful copper engraving map from the Ancient Germany of Abraham Ortelius by Joan Blaeu. From one of the two Latin editions of the Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive Atlas novus from 1644-55.

    Germaniae Veteris typus
    11778

    Old coloured map of Germany. Printed in Amsterdam in the year 1644.

    350,00 €
  • 1647 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Silesia Inferior

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1647-49

    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....

    Silesia Inferior
    12041

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

    350,00 €
  • 1658 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    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.
    12051

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

    350,00 €
  • 1644 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Archiepiscopatus Magdeburgensis et Anhaltinus Ducatus

    Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1644-55

    Old coloured antique map of Saxony-Anhalt with parts of Lower Saxony and Saxony by G. Blaeu. Shows the area between the Weser in the west and Wittenberg and Leipzig in the east. With Göttingen,...

    Archiepiscopatus Magdeburgensis et Anhaltinus Ducatus
    11908

    Old coloured map of Saxony-Anhalt, Lower Saxony. Printed in Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu in 1644.

    290,00 €
  • 1663 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    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.
    12040

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

    250,00 €
  • 1660 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    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
    10413

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

    160,00 €
  • 1665 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Kaarte vande Buyck-slooter, Broecker, ende Belmer Meeren in Waterland. Kaerte van Waterland.

    circa 1665

    Copper engraved map of Waterland near Amsterdam. Showing the area northwest of Amsterdam to Edam with Broek in Waterland. Below right a small inset map of the surroundings. Published in Blaeu's...

    Kaarte vande Buyck-slooter, Broecker, ende Belmer Meeren in Waterland....
    12064

    Old coloured map of Waterland, Amsterdam. Printed circa 1665.

    140,00 €
  • 1640 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula auct: Guiljelmo Blaeuw [and]...

    Amsterdam, circa 1640

    A matching set of the World and the Continents by Willem J. Blaeu These five maps represent the apogee of seventeenth century Dutch cartography. With their decorative panels of costumed figures,...

    Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula auct:...
    11061

    Old coloured world map and continent maps with borders by Willem J. Blaeu. Published around 1640 in Amsterdam.

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  • 1643 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula auct: Guiljelmo Blaeuw.

    Amsterdam, 1643-50

    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:...
    11522

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

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  • 1662 - Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali, cum Terris Adiacentibus

    J. Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1635 (1662)

    W. Blaeu's coastal chart of the West IndiesHand-coloured engraved sea chart of the West Indies by W. Blaeu. With the East Coast of the Americas from Chesapeake Bay to the Orinoco. First...

    Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali, cum Terris Adiacentibus
    11447

    Coloured sea chart of Florida, West Indies. Printed in Amsterdam by J. Blaeu in 1662.

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