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Item Description: Neff Verlag, 1990. LEDER-Einband, Goldprägung auf dem Buchrücken und dem Deckel, Schutzumschlag mit leichten Gebrauchsspuren, Seiten geringfügig gebräunt, Schutzumschlag geringfügig geknickt, ansonsten SEHR GUTER Zustand! 224 Seiten, viele Abbildungen Deutsch 2620g 2° (40-45 cm), Hardcover mit Schutzumschlag, Leder-Einband. Bookseller Inventory # 78376

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Willem BLAEU Amsterdam, circa 1640. Copper engraving with original colour in outline (repaired tear in the lower part of the fold, otherwise in a good condition), 37,5 x 49,5 cm.

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Item Description: Stunning map of Iceland with original colouring. Shows sea monsters, volcanos etc. The Blaeu Family: The Leading Cartographers of the 17th Century: Willem Jansz Blaeu (1571-1638) was, more than any other figure, responsible for the ascension of Dutch cartography to a globally dominant position. Blaeu, originally from Alkmaar, north of Amsterdam, got his start while serving as an apprentice to the legendary Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe at his observatory of Uranienborg, from 1594 to 1596. Upon Willem’s return to the Netherlands, he started a business making charts, globes and nautical instruments. His timing was impeccable, as the Dutch economy, based on maritime trade, was booming and there was an insatiable demand for high quality sea charts and nautical kit. Notably, in 1596, the Dutch made their first voyage to the East Indies, which led the establishment of the Dutch East India Company in 1602. The VOC would be one of Blaeu’s anchor clients and in 1633 he was appointed the Company’s official hydrographer. Blaeu’s sea atlas of European waters, Het Licht der Zee-vaert (1608) was revolutionary, being the first broadly accurate maritime atlas. He went on to create magnificent wall maps, large-format charts and eventually terrestrial atlases, all decorated with the finest Dutch Baroque artistry. In particular, the Pascaarte van alle de Zecusten van Europa (1621) helped to establish Blaeu’s supremacy in the highly competitive Dutch cartography market. Towards the end of his life, Willem Blaeu published the Atlas Novus (1635), a grand production that would be progressively expanded to include new volumes featuring all of the known world in unprecedented detail. The work featured numerous maps, exemplified by the present map, based on carefully selected sources and designed in the finest manner of the contemporary Dutch Baroque style. They became iconic works of cartography readily recognizable to generations of observers. The Atlas Novus and its successor publications were issued in 5 languages and became the most commercially successful works of their kind, setting a new standard for map publishing, emulated by cartographers across Europe. Joan Blaeu (1598-1673) was the most successful mapmaker in the world in the mid-17th Century, during the apogee of Dutch cartography and the fortunes of the Dutch Republic. While he inherited a splendid enterprise from his father Willem, he managed to dramatically grow and expand the business to new heights. His greatest achievement was the world’s largest and most sumptuous atlas, the Atlas Maior, an 11-12 volume Baroque masterpiece (and successor to the Atlas Novus), in which editions of the present map appeared. The Blaeu firm flourished until its workshop was destroyed in a fire in 1672, ending almost three generations of hegemony over the map market. While many would try to emulate the Blaeu’s success, this was never accomplished, and the Blaeu name stands alone at the fore of the Golden Age of Dutch cartography. Bookseller Inventory # 62411

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Willem Janszoon BLAEU

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Item Description: Amsterdam, 1630. Questa bellissima carta dell’Islanda si basa sulle informazioni fornite dal navigatore olandese Joris Carolus intorno al 1620. La carta mostra in maniera evidente le affinità con due precedenti: quella del vescovo Gudbrandur, la cui linea costiera ricorda molto quella di Ortelius, e la scelta toponomastica presente nella mappa di Mercator. La topografia dell’isola è dominata da enormi montagne e vulcani, mentre la costa è fortemente caratterizzata dal labirinto dei fiordi. L’opera è riccamente decorata da cartigli contenenti il titolo e la scala di riferimento, rose dei venti, linee lossodromiche, un vascello in navigazione e mostri marini. Questa carta ha ispirato numerosi cartografi per oltre 130 anni. Edizione con testo latino. Dimensioni 490x375. Latin text edition. This handsome map of Iceland was based on information from a Dutch navigator named Joris Carolus in about 1620. The map shows the influence of both versions of bishop Gudbrandur's previous maps, a coastline resembling the Ortelius version, and Mercator's selection and spelling of many place names and has been itself hugely influential for over 130 years The island's topography is dominated by huge mountains and volcanoes and its shoreline a rugged labyrinth of fiords. It is richly embellished with title and distance scale cartouches, compass roses, rhumb lines, a sailing ship and two sea monsters. Dimensioni 490x375. Dimensioni. Bookseller Inventory # 4037

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Blaeu, Willem Jansz

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Item Description: Amsterdam, 1634. (Stolen)Latin text on verso., Size : 383x504 (mm), 15.125x19.875 (Inches), Hand Colored Very Good; central fold reinforced. Bookseller Inventory # M2080

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HONDIUS, Henricus and JANSSON, J.

Published by Amsterdam (1638)

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Item Description: Amsterdam, 1638. unbound. Map. Engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 18 1/8" x 21.5" Beautifully rendered geographic features, including an erupting volcano, conjure the rugged atmosphere of Iceland. Winged beings decorate the title cartouche and ships and marine animals dot the seas. Several small scattered tears to edges, minor toning to margins.Latin text on verso. Henricus Hondius (1594-1629) was the youngest son of Jodocus Hondius, the prolific Flemish mapmaker. Johannes Jansson the younger (1588-1664) came from a similarly influential mapmaking family, and joined Hondius as partner around 1630. Bookseller Inventory # 262600

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ISLAND ( Iceland ):

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Item Description: mit altem Flächenkolorit, um 1650, 38 x 49 Koemann 1,74; Dreyer-Eimbcke, S. 98. Mit zwei dek., altkol. Kartuschen und deutschem Rückseitentext. Bookseller Inventory # 82111

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JANSSON, Jan.

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Item Description: 1640. Amsterdam, c.1630, blank verso. Original colour. 380 x 500mm. A fine map of Iceland, based on a map by Joris Carl (1601-25), a pilot from Enkhuizen. It is decorated with an ornate title cartouche, a pair of compass roses, a galleon and seamonsters. This map is one of the symbols of the intense rivalry between Jansson and Blaeu. Joris Carl's map was first engraved by Jodocus Hondius II (son of the firm's founder and Jansson's brother-in-law). When Jodocus died in 1629 many of his plates were sold to Willem Blaeu, who added his name to the plates and used them to publish his first atlas in 1630. Angered by the sale, Jansson had the Hondius plates slavishly copied. This plate, which only differs from Blaeu's by the lack of his name under the title, was first issued the same year. The lack of text on verso suggests this could be the first issue, from the 'Atlantis Maioris Appendix'. KOEMAN: Me 31a. Bookseller Inventory # 17310

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BLAEU, WILLEM & J. - ICELAND.

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Item Description: (Amsterdam, omkr. 1664). 38x50 cm. Kobberstukket kort over Island med stor kartouche, kompasrose, skibe og havuhyrer i søen. I samtidig håndkolorering. Meget svagt brunet, lille brud i centerfoldningen, men intet tab. Det karakteriske, kendte Islands-kort er her indrammet i en bred antik guldramme med glas på for-og bagside således at den hollandske tekst på kortets bagside kan læses. Blaeu's islandskort optræder første gang 1630 i "Atlantis Appendix", hans første atlasudgivelse. Siden optrykt mange gange i de forskellige udgaver af "Atlas Major". Med den hollandske tekst på bagsiden er kortet formentlig fra "Grooten Atlas" 1664, selv om Blaeu's navn ikke optræder i kartouchen. Bookseller Inventory # 29876

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Blaeu Willem Janszoon (1571 - 1638) Amsterdam

Published by Artist: Blaeu Willem Janszoon ( - 1638) Amsterdam; issued in: Amsterdam; date: ca 1630 (1571)

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Item Description: Artist: Blaeu Willem Janszoon ( - 1638) Amsterdam; issued in: Amsterdam; date: ca 1630, 1571. - technic: Copper print; - colorit: original colored; - condition: Very good; - size (in cm): 39 x 50; - description: Map shows Iceland; -vita of the artist: Joan Guilliemus Blaeu was the eldest son of Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638), and was probably born in Alkmaar in the province of Noord-Holland in the final years of the 16th century. He was brought up in Amsterdam, and studied law at the University of Leiden before going into partnership with his father in the 1630s. Although his father Willem had cartographic interests, having studied under the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe and having manufactured globes and instruments, his primary business was as a printer. It was under the control of Joan that the Blaeu printing press achieved lasting fame by moving towards the printing of maps and expanding to become the largest printing press in Europe in the 17th century.By the 1660s the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (or Atlas Maior as it had became known by this time) had expanded to between 9 and 12 volumes, depending on the language. With over 3,000 text pages and approximately 600 maps, it was the most expensive book money could buy in the later 17th century. The translation of the text from Latin into Dutch, English, German, French, and Spanish for several volumes created enormous work for those involved in typography and letterpress activities. It is estimated that over 80 men must have been employed full-time in the Blaeu printing house in Bloemgracht, not including engravers who worked elsewhere, with over 15 printing presses running simultaneously, and in 1667 a second press was acquired at Gravenstraat. At the same time as producing the Atlas Maior, Blaeu was also publishing town plans of Italy, maps for globes, and other volumes. At its peak the Blaeu press managed to produce over 1 million impressions from 1,000 copper plates within four years. Bookseller Inventory # EUS815_500

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