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Atlas Maior of 1665

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9783822851043
Author(s): Joan Blaeu
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2006
Edition: annotated edition
Publisher: Taschen GmbH
Dimensions: 382 x 59 x 252 (w x l x h)
Pages: 416

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This work contains maps of England, Ireland, and Scotland from Joan Blaeu's exquisite world atlas of 1665. 'The Atlas Maior', the cartographical masterpiece of the Baroque period, was brought out between 1662 and 1665 by the Amsterdam publisher Joan Blaeu, one of Holland's leading cartographers. Originally appearing in Latin, the atlas comprised 594 maps in 11 volumes, which depicted the whole of the world as known to early modern Europe. It was the largest and most expensive book published during the 17th century. For more than 100 years, it remained the definitive atlas of the world, and today is among the most sought-after and valuable antiquarian rarities. This reprinted edition in six volumes is based on the hand-colored, gold-heightened copy in the 'Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek' in Vienna, thus ensuring the best possible detail and quality. Alongside Joan Blaeu's original commentaries on the individual maps, a new text by Peter van der Krogt explains the historical and cultural associations and introduces the reader to the fascinating world of early modern cartography.
This two-volume set features all 58 maps of England and 55 maps of Scotland and Ireland and the text is in English, French, and German.

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