Blaeu Atlas of Italy and Greece, with the Addendum covering the British Isles, in Original Gilt Vellum and Original Outline Hand-Color.
Folio. Contemporary publisher's gilt vellum. Decorative engraved title page with contemporary hand coloring, heightened with gold; 66 engraved maps, including 62 double page, all with very attractive contemporary hand coloring. Collates complete.
The second French edition of Blaeu's famous atlas of Italy and Greece.
This edition has the addendum 'Les Royaumes D'Angleterre, D'Ecosse & D'Hibernie' with its four maps of the British Isles, England & Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.
Willem Janszoon Blaeu, patriarch of the Blaeu cartographic dynasty, 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. Cornelis died in 1648, leaving his brother to carry on the workshop alone. Later in life, Joan would modify and greatly expand his father’s Atlas novus, eventually releasing his own masterpiece, the Atlas maior, between 1662 and 1672. The Blaeu workshop burned in 1672 and Joan died a year later.