Fine old color example of the first separately printed map of Finland, based upon the work of Anders Bure.
This map first appeared in Blaeu's Atlas Maior and also in a few rare composite atlases. The present example does not have text on the verso and therefore was likely separately issued and bound into a composite atlas.
The map is dedicated to Gustav Horn.
Anders Bure was one of the earliest Swedish map makers and was active as early as about 1600. His work inlcuded a 6 sheet wall map of Scandinavia, published in 1626. Bure was appointed General Mathematician of Sweden in 1628, during which time he laid the ground work for the Swedish National Survey, for which he served as the first director.
Joan, or Johannes, Blaeu (1596-1673) was the son of Willem Janszoon Blaeu. He inherited his father’s meticulous and striking mapmaking style and continued the Blaeu workshop until it burned in 1672. Initially, Joan trained as a lawyer, but he decided to join his father’s business rather than practice.
After his father’s death in 1638, Joan and his brother, Cornelis, took over their father’s shop and Joan took on his work as hydrographer to the Dutch East India Company. Joan brought out many important works, including Nova et Accuratissima Terrarum Orbis Tabula, a world map to commemorate the Peace of Westphalia which brought news of Abel Tasman’s voyages in the Pacific to the attention of Europe. This map was used as a template for the world map set in the floor of the Amsterdam Town Hall, the Groote Burger-Zaal, in 1655.
Joan also modified and greatly expanded his father’s Atlas novus, first published in 1635. All the while, Joan was honing his own atlas. He published the Atlas maior between 1662 and 1672. It is one of the most sought-after atlases by collectors and institutions today due to the attention to the detail, quality, and beauty of the maps. He is also known for his town plans and wall maps of the continents. Joan’s productivity slammed to a halt in 1672, when a fire completely destroyed his workshop and stock. Joan died a year later and is buried in the Westerkerk in Amsterdam.