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Rare early map Carte-a-Figures style map of France by Guillaume Blaeu, who was then still calling himself Guillaume Janssonius.

This is one of Blaeu's earliest maps and the first map of France to be decorated with a panels of City Views and Costumed Figures.

An exceptional rarity.

Condition Description
Expertly repaired fold splits at top and bottom, extending 2 to 3 inches into the printed image. Trimmed to neatlines, with slight loss at right margin.
Schilder MCN IV 11.1; Schilder MCN VI, 78.2: with the engraver's name darkened
Willem Janszoon Blaeu Biography

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) was a prominent Dutch geographer and publisher. Born the son of a herring merchant, Blaeu chose not fish but mathematics and astronomy for his focus. He studied with the famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, with whom he honed his instrument and globe making skills. Blaeu set up shop in Amsterdam, where he sold instruments and globes, published maps, and edited the works of intellectuals like Descartes and Hugo Grotius. In 1635, he released his atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive, Atlas novus.

Willem died in 1638. He had two sons, Cornelis (1610-1648) and Joan (1596-1673). Joan trained as a lawyer, but joined his father’s business rather than practice. After his father’s death, the brothers took over their father’s shop and Joan took on his work as hydrographer to the Dutch East India Company. Later in life, Joan would modify and greatly expand his father’s Atlas novus, eventually releasing his masterpiece, the Atlas maior, between 1662 and 1672.