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Atlas Maior of 1665

written by Joan Blaeu

Taschen | ISBN 9783836524117

Hardback – 544 pages


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The finest and most comprehensive baroque atlas was Joan Blaeu's exceptional Atlas Maior, completed in 1665. The original 11-volume Latin edition, containing 536 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, Blaeu's Atlas Maior was a remarkable achievement and remains one of history's finest examples of mapmaking.

This reprint (described as 'jaw-droppingly gorgeous' by TNT Magazine, London) is made from the complete, coloured, gold-heightened copy in the National Library of Vienna, ensuring the best possible detail and quality. Peter Van Der Krogt's introduction discusses the historical and cultural context and significance of the atlas and provides detailed descriptions of the maps, allowing modern readers to fully appreciate Blaeu's masterwork.


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