Lot 24
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Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, and Joan

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  • Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive atlas novus in quo tabulae et descriptiones omnium regionum. Amsterdam: G. & J. Blaeu, 1640-1654
  • Paper
Latin text edition, 5 volumes, folio (505 x 330mm.), half-title in volume one, 8 engraved titles or divisional titles (those to the Low Countries and Spain without text), 392 engraved maps (most double-page), coloured by a contemporary hand, heightened in gold, index leaf at end of each volume, contemporary Dutch vellum, gilt, some browning mostly to volume one and 5, a few repairs and strengthening, minor restoration mostly in volume one, some maps with splits at fold (one detached), bindings lightly worn and soiled


Koeman I, 21A, 22, 37B, 43B and 49; van der Krogt, 2:201, 202 3H, 202 3M, 301, 401

Catalogue Note

Blaeu's Appendix was followed by the German edition of the Novus atlas in two volumes in 1634/5 and the French, Dutch and Latin edition - the Theatrum orbis terrarum - in 1635. The third volume came out in 1640 while the fourth (England and Wales) first appeared in 1645. The fifth volume (of Scotland) was the first separate atlas of Scotland ever published. The sixth volume, the atlas of China, compiled by Martino Martini, with a map of Japan, came out in 1655. "So during the thirty odd years leading up to the publication of his Atlas Major, we see that Blaeu published two volume, three, four and six volume atlases, each increasing in size and geographical knowledge" (Wardington Catalogue).

The set comprises:

Volume I. World, Scandinavia, Germany and Netherlands, 1640, 120 maps
Volume II. France, Spain, Asia, Africa and America, 1640, 93 maps
Volume III. Italy and Greece, 1650, 66 maps, with the Scotia section mentioned in the index
Volume IV. England and Wales, 1646, 58 maps
Volume V. Scotland and Ireland, 1654,  55 maps