BG-12528-2

Antique Plan of the Fortress of Greetsiel by Blaeu (c.1650)

  • Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Left margin extended, Latin text on verso. Minor wear, please study image carefully.
  • Date: c.1650
  • Overall size: 31 x 43 cm.
  • Image size: 26 x 35 cm.
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Description: Antique plan titled 't Fort van Griet-Zyl in Oost-Vrieslant'. Plan of the fortress of Greetsiel, Germany. This print originates from 'Novum ac magnum theatrum urbium Belgicae' by J. Blaeu. 

Artists and Engravers: Joan Blaeu was a Dutch cartographer born in Alkmaar, the son of cartographer Willem Blaeu. Born circa 1596 and circa 1610 respectively, Joan and Cornelis Blaeu took over their father’s business upon his death in 1638. In the same year Joan Blaeu also assumed his father’s position as the official cartographer to the V.O.C. The Blaeu brothers worked hard to maintain the firm’s position of prominence, but only five years later in 1642, Cornelius Blaeu died, leaving the publishing firm solely in the hands of Joan Blaeu.