A highly decorative, well-prepared map.
This is Variant "B" Blaeu's map of
Fossa Eugeniana, an early canal which
was intended to connect the Maas River (at Venlo) with the Rhine
River at Rhynberk.
This particular map only appeared in Blaeu's atlases starting
with the Appendix of 1630 and ended with a French edition of
1635-38. This particular example is from the German
edition of Blaeu's Novus Atlas, published in
Amsterdam in 1634-35. This is a
highly detailed map of the region, extending south to Kempen and
north to Santen.
Willem Janszoon, or
Willem Jansz Blaeu (1571-1638) as he is more commonly known, was
one of the most noted Dutch cartographers and map publisher of
the 17th century. R.V. Tooley stated that Blaeu’s
maps are "esteemed by collectors for their decorative quality,
historical importance, and as the highest expression of Dutch
cartographic art during the period of its supremacy" (Tooley, p
After preparation as a
pupil of the great Danish astronomer, Tycho Brahe, Blaeu
initially concentrated on globe making and separately published
maps, including wall maps of the continents. From 1608, he
dominated the market for sea atlases and in 1630 produced his
terrestrial atlas. These atlases were continued by his sons,
culminating in the great Atlas Maior of 1662 in 11 volumes with
Reference: Van der Kogt, Peter.
Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici. vol.II, p.537.
Fine Condition. A
impression. Remains of an old repair at the bottom margin,
likely when the map was still in the atlas.