BGJC-358

Antique Map of the East Indies by Blaeu (c.1640)

  • Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Repair on folding line and repaired tear near Borneo. Few stains, mainly in margins. Dutch text on verso, please study image carefully.
  • Date: c.1640
  • Overall size: 60 x 49.5 cm.
  • Image size: 50.5 x 41 cm.
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Description: Antique map titled 'India quae Orientalis dicitur et Insulae Adiacentes'. Beautiful map of Southeast Asia, extending from India to Tibet to Japan to New Guinea. It was the first popular map to depict part of Australia. Includes a dedicational cartouche to Laurens Real.

Artists and Engravers: 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.