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Blaeu, Joan
Novum Ac Magnum Theatrum Urbium Belgicae Liberae Ac Foederatae,Ad praesentis temporis faciem expressum a Ioanne Blaeu, Amstelaedamensi.
Amsterdam, 1652. A large-paper copy of the third Latin edition, 2 volumes, Latin text, 2 engraved titles, 226 engraved maps and views, folding vellum richly decorated with gold, Folio H. 57 x L. 36 x W. 9 cm. 'Toonneel der steden' by Joan Blaeu: Dutch splendour in the 17th century. Nothing gives a more beautiful and magnificent picture of the Dutch Golden Age than the more than 200 plans of towns of the Northern and Southern Netherlands in the Toonneel der Steden (‘Theatre of towns’) by Joan Blaeu. From 1649 onwards, a year after the end of the Eighty Years’ War, this Amsterdam map maker and publisher presented the Dutch towns, whether they were liberated or not, in all their pride. The Blaeu firm: a flourishing printing business. In the days of Blaeu, the Dutch Republic passed through its Golden Age and Amsterdam was the ever expanding centre of international trade, overseas expansion and wealth. In such a city all conditions were present to start a flourishing publishing house for maps and atlases: international contacts, financial means and a sales market. Willem Jansz. Blaeu (1571-1638) capitalized on these circumstances, possessing know-how and an excellent business instinct. After an apprenticeship with the famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, he founded his own printing and publishing firm in Amsterdam. From his first printed maps (dating from 1604) he attracted attention by the quality of his maps and his innovations. In the introduction Blaeu next discusses the content of his intentioned town atlas. The first realized volumes are devoted to the Netherlands, his ho … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Antiquariaat de Roo [Zwijndrecht, Netherlands]
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