This delightful 1646 Willem Janszoon Blaeu engraved map was issued in the 1646 Latin edition of the Atlas Maior. It was the largest (594 maps) and, not surprisingly, the most expensive book published in the 17th century. The maps are in colour and are of exceptional quality.
This map depicts the Mediterranean coast of France and Italy, or as it was known then Liguria or the Republic of Genova. It stretches from Nice (Nizza) to Genoa (Genoua) and the Cinque Terre. There is a large, decorative cartouche with a large allegorical representation of Genoa. There is a second decorative cartouche with a dedication to D. Petro Hasselaer to the right.
The sea is filled with sailing ships, possibly representing the formidable size and strength of the Genovese navy. The coat of arms of the Republic of Genoa appears at the upper-left. The Republic of Genoa was an independent state from 1005 to 1797, when it fell to the armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. Today, the Cinque Terre, five fishing villages along the coast, are a world heritage site and are world famous, bringing tourists from every part of the world to the Ligurian coast.Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571 - October 18, 1638), also known as Guillaume Blaeu, was a Dutch cartographer, globemaker, and astronomer active in Amsterdam during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Atlas Major, (Amsterdam) Latin Edition, 1646.
The Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive, Atlas Novus, also published as the Atlas Major was first issued by Willem Jansz Blaeu and his son Joan Blaeu in 1635. The first edition contained about 207 seminal maps that ushered in a new golden age of Dutch cartography and established the distinctive flourishing highly decorative baroque Blaeu style.
Most of the maps in this edition were closely based upon the earlier well established work of Jodocus Hondius, whose' map plates he had earlier acquired. The atlas continued to be published and republished in expanded and revised editions, reflecting the most up to date cartographic conventions and data derived from Dutch navigators and merchants then plying their trade throughout the world.
Willem Blaeu died in 1638 and his son, Joan (Johannes), called teh Altas Major took over subsequent publications of the atlas. The final edition of the atlas, published from 1662 to 1672, consisted some 594 maps compiled into upwards of 9 volumes with some editions containing as many as 12 volumes. In 1672 a tragic fire destroyed the sprawling Blaeu workshop, then the largest cartographic publishing house in the world.
Countless map plates were lost and the following the fire the Blaeu firm ceased production. Condition overall is very good. Some archival repair to bottom margin, with minimal encroachment onto the platemark. Staining mark to upper margin and brown age mark to lower margin. It would make an eyecatching decorative embellishment to any room and would also make a beautiful gift for anyone with an interest in cartography.
All reasonable care should be taken to use sufficient packaging so as to avoid any damage to the item in transit. The item "WILLEM BLAEU ORIGINAL MAP OF LIGURIA, GENOA, ITALY 1646 LATIN ED. ATLAS MAIOR" is in sale since Sunday, May 26, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Europe Maps".
The seller is "goodfella2016" and is located in Berkhamsted. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.