- Atlas major, sive cosmographia Blaviana, qua solum, salum, coelum accuratissime describuntur. Amsterdam: Joannes Blaeu, 1662
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
"The contents of this unprecedented atlas illustrate the high standards of contemporary cartography and geographical knowledge, and its presentation bears witness to the superb craftsmanship of engraver, printer, binder and papermaker... The costly atlas was in fact exclusively designed for those members of the patriciate who could command both the material and intellectual resources that were needed to buy it and appreciate it" (Koeman II, pp.1-3).
Some 300 sets are believed to have been published, many of which were presented throughout Europe as a tangible symbol of the Republic of the United Netherlands.
This copy comprises:
Volume I. World, Europe and Scandinavia. 1662, 61 maps and plates
Volume II. Northern and Eastern Europe. 1662, 39 maps and plates
Volume III. Germany. 1662, 96 maps
Volume IV. Low Countries. 1662, 63 maps
Volume V. England and Wales. 1662, 58 maps
Volume VI. Scotland and Ireland. 1662, 55 maps
Volume VII. France and Switzerland. 1662, 70 maps
Volume VIII. Italy. 1662, 60 maps
Volume IX. Part 1. Spain and Portugal. Part 2. Africa. 41 (28 + 13), 1662
Volume X. Asia. 1662, 28 maps
Volume XI. America. 1662 23 maps
See also illustration on cover of catalogue and page .