Antique Coastal Chart of the region of Dunkerque by Blaeu (c.1640)

  • Condition: Very good, general age-related toning. Dutch text on verso, please study image carefully.
  • Date: c.1640
  • Overall size: 76.5 x 50 cm.
  • Image size: 69 x 45 cm.

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.. Afbeeldinge van de vermaerde seehaven ende Stadt van Duynkercken - Blaeu (c.1640)

Description: Antique map titled 'Afbeeldinge vande vermaerde Seehaven ende stadt van Duynkercken met der omliggende plactsen Sanden ende droochten afgeteeckent door Capiteijn Pieter Codde van Enchuysen'. Large coastal chart extending from Dunkerque (France) and Wynoxbergen to in the east to Waldarn and Gravelines in the west, with an inset showing the continuation of the coast to Calais. The map illustrates approximately 30 ships off the coastline and various coastal features. The map is based upon a chart prepared by Pieter Codde, a captain who lived in Enkhuizen.

Artists and Engravers: Willem Janszoon Blaeu was born 1571 in Alkmaar. He was trained from 1594 to 1596 by the famous danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. 1599 he went to Amsterdam and founded a business as globe maker. Later he started producing map and sea charts, including his first world map in 1605. In 1633 he was appointed Hydrographer for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). His most famous work was the "Atlas Novus" or "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum sive Atlas Novus" of 1635, which was published until 1655 in total six volumes. After Blaeu's death in 1638 his sons Joan and Cornelis continued the businees and finished the "Atlas Novus" and started an even larger work, the "Atlas Maior", which reached 12 volumes. In 1672 a fire destroyed the printing house and a year later Joan died. Some of the surviving plates where bought by F. de Wit and Schenk & Valk. The business was closed finally in 1695.