Le Theatre du Monde, ou Nowel Atlas ... Seconde Partie.

Joan Blaeu (*1596 - 1673)
Blaeu's title page from Atlas Novus. Printed in Amsterdam 1640.

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Blaeu's title page for the atlas of France. From the French edition of Blaeu's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus published 1640 in Amsterdam.

Pieter van der Krogt in Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 2:22A:

Corinthian portico, surmounted by the royal coat-of-arms of Spain. On both sides in niches are personifications of the continents. The motto "NON VNVS SVFFICIT ORBIS" (one world is not big enough) originates from the Portuguese Jesuit missionary and explorer Emmanuel Nobrega, S.J. (1517-1570), who upon his arrival in the New World, told his companions: "This land is our enterprise". His daring and optimism were read in the sails of his ship "Unus non sufticit orbis." The title panel is left blank for pasting on the appropriate titles. In the plinth a panel is left blank for the imprint.

Old coloured, fully high-lighted in gold.


CartographerJoan Blaeu
TitleLe Theatre du Monde, ou Nowel Atlas ... Seconde Partie.
Publisher, YearJoan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1640
Plate Size40.5 x 24.5 cm (15.9 x 9.6 inches)
Sheet Size51.0 x 31.3 cm (20.1 x 12.3 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 2:22A


To the left vertical folds. Very good condition, with beautiful old colours, heightened with gold.


Joan Blaeu was a Dutch cartographer, born in Alkmaar in 1571. He was the son of the cartographer Willem Janszoon Blaeu, a pupil of Tycho Brahe. He became a doctor of law in 1620 and joined his father's publishing company together with his brother Cornelis in 1631. The most important cartographic work from the Blaeus is the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum sive Atlas Novus of 1635, which appeared in a total of six volumes until 1655. Between 1662 and 1672, Joan published an even larger work, the Atlas Maior, which reached 12 volumes. The Blaeus' atlas production came to an abrupt end with the fire in their workshop and the resulting destruction of many printing plates in 1672. 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 Blaeu publishing house's dominance finally ended in 1703 when the Dutch East India Company (VOC), stopped publishing maps bearing the Blaeu family name. Some of the surviving copper plates were later used by F. de Wit and Schenk & Valk.

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Joan Blaeu: Le Theatre du Monde, ou Nowel Atlas ... Seconde Partie..
Blaeu's title page from Atlas Novus. Printed in Amsterdam 1640.

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