- Grooten Atlas, oft Werelt-beschryving in welcke 't Aerdryck de Zee, en Hemel. Amsterdam: Johannes Blaeu, [1664-1665]
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The nine-volume set comprises:
Volume I. World, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, 1664, 90 maps and plates, including 5 plans and 9 plates illustrating Tycho Brahe’s astronomical observatory on the island of Hven in Oresund (after the woodcuts in Brahe’s Astronomiae insauratae mechanicae, published in Wandsbeck in 1598), where Johannes Blaeu’s father Willem was assistant and student for a time. The maps of Slesvig are part of the series originally published in Caspar Danckwerth and Johannes Mejer’s Newe Landesbeschreibung der zweij Herzogthumer Schleswig und Holstein (1652)
Volume II. Germany and Switzerland, 1664, 107 maps including the balance of the Danckwerth and Mejer maps of 1652
Volume III. The Netherlands and the United Netherlands, 1664, 65 maps
Volume IV. England and Wales, 1648, 58 maps
Volume V. Scotland and Ireland, 1654, 55 maps. Most of these are based on the manuscript surveys of Timothy Pont and Robert Gordon, which were printed for the first time in 1654
Volume VI. France, no date, 66 maps
Volume VII. Italy and Greece, 1642, 62 maps (this volume is complete in itself; the 1664 edition has 5 new maps added cf. Van der Krogt 2:221.3e)
Volume VIII. Spain, Africa and the Americas, 1665, 64 maps. These include maps largely based on the works of Johannes de Laet, as well as the fine group of Brazilian maps showing the (by then) former Dutch colonies. These are after the series originally published by Blaeu in 1647 in Caspar Barlaeus’s Rerum per octennium in Brasilia and show the remarkable vignettes after the designs of the painter Frans Janzoon Post (c.1612-1680)
Volume IX. Asia, China and Japan, 1664, 28 maps. Essentially two atlases in one, these maps include the set of 17 of China and Japan after Martino Martini, SJ, which first appeared in the Novus atlas sinensis which Blaeu had issued in 1655