Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica acltydrogrphica Tabula

Willem Blaeu (1571-1638)

Published by Blaeu, 1606
Condition: Very Good No Binding
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Willem Blaeu (1571-1638) “Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica acltydrogrphica Tabula” Amsterdam: 1606 Hand-colored copperplate engraving 31" x 35" framed This classic single-sheet world map on Mercator's projection, first brought out by Blaeu in 1606, remained in active circulation, for over 50 years. It is celebrated as one of the supreme examples of the mapmaker's art and was later reprinted in atlas form. The most striking characteristics of Blaeu's map are the superb border decorations. Along the top are allegorical representations of the sun and moon and the five known planets, while each side has four panels illustrating the elements and the four seasons, and along the bottom are seven vignettes showing the seven wonders of the world. Blaeu maps are immediately recognizable by the beauty of their ornamentation. Whereas 16th century publishers had decorated their maps with strapwork designs in black and white, Blaeu's maps were embellished with decorative swags, symbols, coats of arms, city views and large pictorial cartouches, and were hand-colored in the Baroque taste. As official cartographer to the Dutch East India Company, Blaeu had access to information regarding geographical discoveries that was unavailable to any of his competitors. Blaeu published his first world atlas, the Atlantis Appendix, with 60 maps in 1630, and continued to produce new maps at such a rate that by 1634, he abandoned the single volume format and announced his intention to publish a new world atlas, entitled the Theatrum, which became the most monumental cartographic publication of the 17th century. The acclaim that Blaeu's maps receive is based upon their extremely high production standards and geographical sophistication. The splendid side decoration is one of Blaeu's most recognizable decorative flourishes, and the quality of the engraving, the paper, and coloring are of the highest order, placing Blaeu's work at the forefront of seventeenth-century cartography. The maps are embellished in the Baroque style, and many, especially the world map, the centerpiece of the atlas, rank among the most beautiful ever made. Bookseller Inventory # D00326c

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Title: Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ...

Publisher: Blaeu

Publication Date: 1606

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

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