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Fine original color example of this decorative map of the province of Utrecht, by Willem Janszoon Blaeu.

Part of Holland is shown to the north and west, part of Gelderland to the east and southeast, and the Amstelland region to the west. The Zuiderzee, which has since been dammed off from the North Sea, is to the northeast, and the Haerlemer Meer (Haarlemmermeer), which has since been drained, to the northwest.

Condition Description
Original hand color. Trimmed to neatline and mounted on paper.
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.