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Blaeu Antique World Map

Step back in time to when the world was full of dark continents

  • Stunning Antique copy
  • A masterpiece to grace any wall
  • A wealth of information from a bygone age


Willem Jansz Blaeu was a Dutch cartographer, atlas maker and publisher. The son of a well-to-do herring salesman, he was expected to take over his father's business but he was more interested in Mathematics and Astronomy. Between 1594 and 1596 he was a student of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe and he qualified as an instrument and globe maker.

When he returned to Holland, he made country maps and world globes, and as he had his own print shop, he published country maps in an atlas format on a regular basis, some of these appeared in the Atlas Novus published in 1635. In 1633 he became map-maker for the Dutch East India Company. He was also an editor and published the works of Willebrord Snell, Adriaan Metius, Gerhard Johann Vossius and the historian and poet Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft.

He had two sons, Johannes and Cornelis Blaeu. They carried on their father's mapmaking and publishing business after his death in 1638.

This captivating and  beautiful map is thought to date from 1665.

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