|Willem Jansz. Blaeu
The First Appearance of this
map. Paris & Ile de France: AGER PARISIENSIS
Vulgo L'ISLE DE FRANCE ... / Apud Guiljelmum Blaeu.
Map # E-318
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the first appearance of Blaeus 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
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.542.
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