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Blaeu, Guiljelmus
Pedemontium. "Piemonte at Monferrato
Europe: Amsterdam Joahannes and Cornelius Blaeu. 1640. Original coloured, copper engraved map of Piedmont and Monferrato from volume 3 of Joan Blaeu's "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas novus. Pars Tertia " Double page; folio; Latin text to verso. The map shows the alps with the valley of Aosta ,Turin and the plains of the river Po. Large decorative title cartouche. Original colour; light even toning with a few spots, mainly to blank margins, one near the town of Carmagnola; old centrefold split repaired to verso,slight lossof surface to paper of lower blank margin due to removal of scotch tape repair; stain to text at verso.Willem Janszoon Blaeu [1571- 1668] had set up the business in Amsterdam 1596 following studies with the famous astonomer Tycho Brahe.In 1630 Willhem published his first atlas "Atlas Appendix", having published maritime cartography, books, charts and pilot guides for previous thirty years. Appointed Hydrographer of the V. O. C. ( United East India Company)in 1633 he died in 1638. leaving the company to his sons Joan and Cornelius Of Cornelius little is know; his name appearing on in the prefaces of books and atlases only until c1645.Dr Joan Blaeu [ 1596-1673] who had studied at Leiden took over the management of the business and established its fame. He was also appointed Hydrographer to the V. O. C. ( 1638), but his interests leant more to geography than maritime cartography. His aim was" a full description of heaven, earth and water" ( Koeman) which was unachievable. but his work produced the magnificent "Atlas Major" and the Town books of the N … [Click Below for Full Description]
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