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Hardcover, 290 x 440 mm
"The greatest and finest atlas ever published." -Koeman I, Bl 56
The finest and most comprehensive baroque atlas was Joan Blaeus exceptional Atlas Maior, completed in 1665. The original 11-volume Latin edition, containing 594 maps, put Blaeu ahead of his staunch competitor, mapmaker Johannes Janssonius, whose rivalry inspired Blaeu to produce a grandiose edition of the largest and most complete atlas to date. Covering Arctica, Europe, Africa, Asia, and America, Blaeus Atlas Maior was a remarkable achievement and remains to this day one of historys finest examples of mapmaking.
This reprint is made from the National Library of Viennas complete, colored, gold-heightened copy, thus assuring the best possible detail and quality. The books introduction, by the University of Utrechts Peter van der Krogt, discusses the historical and cultural context and significance of the atlas; Krogt also provides detailed descriptions of the maps, allowing modern readers to fully appreciate Blaeus masterwork.
Peter van der Krogt, the leading expert on Dutch atlases, is researcher of the Explokart Research Program for the History of Cartography of the Faculty of Geosciences at the University of Utrecht. Since 1990 he has been working on the carto-bibliography of atlases published in the Netherlands, Koemans Atlantes Neerlandici, and the compilation, in co-operation with Erlend de Groot, of an illustrated and annotated catalogue of the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem, the most important collectors atlas.
Osterreichische NationalbibliothekVan der Krogt, Peter
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