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Fantastic antique map, in Dutch - as published by the renowned and revolutionary cartographer Joan Blaeu.

Joan Blaeu (1596-1673), was the son to respected cartographer Willem Blaeu, but made significant contributions to the field. A century after Nicolaus Copernicus offered his theory of heliocentrism, Joan Blaeu was the first mapmaker to incorporate these discoveries through his publishing of Abel Tasman's initial discoveries of Australia and New Zealand. To give some scale of the age and importance of this piece, that was barely a decade before this map was published.

“Insulae Albion et Hibernia cum minoribus adjacentibus.” This engraved map originally belonged to the Blaeu Atlas of Scotland, published in 1654. I believe it is based from Mercator work.

Blaeu’s maps offered the base for many subsequent maps - they are collected internationally, and of monumental historical importance.

The text from the reverse side can be seen coming through. There is some evidence of creasing, and widespread spotting/staining - but in my opinion this doesn’t detract from the piece.

Map measures: 460w x 400h
Frame Measures: 700w x 580h

Framed under glass, so buyer must pick up.

Pickup is in Eden Terrace.
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  • Store location: Auckland City, Auckland, NZ

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