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Willem Jansz. Blaeu
Amsterdam, 1634

The First Appearance of this map.  Paris & Ile de France:  AGER PARISIENSIS Vulgo L'ISLE DE FRANCE ... / Apud Guiljelmum Blaeu. 

Original copperplate engraved
Fine Handcolor
480 x 500 mm
Map # E-318
$ 400
 

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This is the first appearance of Blaeu’s map of Paris and its surrounding region; from Blaeu's atlas of 1634.  Paris is shown toward the bottom center of the map with the River Seine running across the bottom part of the map.  This map has numerous large and small towns on it, such as St Denis, Vincennes, etc. 

The example we have is from the early 1634 German edition of Willem Blaeu's Novus Atlas.  On the verso, there is the signature of "HIK" at the bottom and page number 95 in manuscript along with a description of Paris.

Willem Janszoon, or Willem Jansz Blaeu (1571-1638) as he is more commonly known, was one of the most noted Dutch cartographers and map publishers 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 28).

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 subsequent editions.

Reference:  Van der Kogt, Peter.  Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici.  vol.II, p.542.  

Fine Condition.
 

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