Map of the World
By Joan Blaeu
Item #: 10033097A
29" x 23"
22" x 16.5" without border
Ships in 3-5 Days
High-quality printing gives this fine art print its vivid and sharp appearance. Produced on medium weight cover stock, this art reproduction is coated with a silken finish that protects the inks and creates an elegant look. The versatile art print strikes a balance between quality and affordability.
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“Map of the World” charted the flamboyance that Joan Blaeu (1599 – 1673) lavished upon cartography in the 17th century. Blaeu heralded the heyday of mapmaking following the death of Jodocus Hondius II, whose Mercator maps had previously dominated the European world atlas market. Blaeu astutely filled the void with the magnificent world atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or Atlas Major, encompassing numerous volumes, 3,000 text pages, 600 maps, and translations in six languages. Blaeu’s “Map of the World” exhibits the exquisite engraving, striking colors, and gorgeous typography which distinguished the work in his atlas.
European cartographer, Joan Blaeu (1599 – 1673) elevated mapmaking to a lavish art form, helmed the 17th century’s largest printing press and was chief cartographer to the Dutch East India Company. Blaeu became Europe’s premier cartographer after the death of groundbreaking mapmaker Jodocus Hondius II by creating an exquisitely bound, colored and engraved world atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or Atlas Major, which contained more than 3,000 text pages, and approximately 600 maps. The most expensive 17th century book, it targeted a wealthy patronage primarily interested in using the volume for display. At its peak, Blaeu’s printing press created over 1 million impressions from 1,000 copper plates within only four years.
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