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""The greatest and finest atlas ever published"" The finest and most comprehensive baroque atlas was Johann Blaeu's exceptional Atlas Major, completed in 1662. The original 11-volume Latin edition, containing 593 maps, put Blaeu ahead of his staunch competitor, mapmaker Johannes Janssonius, whose rivalry inspired Blaeu to produce a grandiose edition of the largest and most complete atlas to date. Covering Arctica, Europe, Africa, Asia, and America, Blaeu's Atlas Major was a remarkable achievement and remains to this day one of history's finest examples of mapmaking. This reprint is made from the National Library of Vienna's complete, colored, gold-heightened copy, thus assuring the best possible detail and quality. The book's introduction, by the University of Utrecht's Peter van der Krogt, discusses the historical and cultural context and significance of the atlas; Krogt also provides detailed descriptions of the maps, allowing modern readers to fully appreciate Blaeu's masterwork.
Der prachvollste und volständigste Atlas der Frühen Neuzeit - Der Atlas Maior des niederländischen Verlegers Joan Blaeu ist einer der schönsten Atlanten des Barock. Das vom TASCHEN Verlag komplett faksimilierte Exemplar in lateinischer Sprache entstammt der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek und hat mehrere Ausklapptafeln. Das handkolorierte Exemplar gehörte einst Prinz Eugen von Savoyen und ist in dieser besonderen Provenienz als einer der wenigen Ausgaben Gold-erhöht. Zitate und Reiseimpressionen großer Persönlichkeiten wie z.B. Benjamin Franklin ergänzen die historische und politische Bedeutung einzelner Karten.
The finest and most comprehensive baroque atlas was Johann Blaeu's exceptional Atlas Major, completed in 1662. This reprint is made from the National Library of Vienna's complete, coloured, gold-heightened copy, thus assuring the best possible detail and quality.
About the Author
About the authors:
Joan Blaeu (1596 Alkmaar–1673 Amsterdam) was the son of Willem Blaeu and a leading Dutch cartographer. In 1620 he became a doctor of law and subsequently joined his father’s workshop. In 1635 they published the two-volume Novus Atlas (Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive, Atlas novus). Joan and his brother Cornelius took over the workshop after their father had died in 1638. Joan became the official cartographer of the Dutch East India Company. Around 1649 he published a collection of Dutch city maps entitled Tooneel der Steeden (Theater of Cities). In 1651 he was voted into the Amsterdam council. In 1654 he published the first atlas of Scotland. In 1662 he reissued the atlas in 11 volumes, known as the Atlas Maior. A cosmology was planned as his next project, but a fire destroyed the workshop in 1672. Joan Blaeu died in the following year.
Since 1990, Peter van der Krogt, the leading expert in the field of Dutch atlases, has been working on Koeman’s Atlantes Neerlandici, the cartobibliography of atlases published in the Netherlands. His second project is the compilation, in cooperation with the Nijmegen University, of an illustrated and annotated catalogue of the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem, the most important multivolume atlas preserved in the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna
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