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Willem Janszoon Blaeu, a prominent Dutch cartographer of the 17th century, left an enduring legacy in the realm of mapmaking with his meticulous craftsmanship and groundbreaking contributions. Born in Alkmaar, Netherlands, in 1571, Blaeu initially trained as a globe maker before establishing himself as a leading mapmaker and publisher in Amsterdam. Renowned for his attention to detail and commitment to accuracy, Blaeu's maps set the standard for cartographic excellence during the Dutch Golden Age.

Blaeu's most notable work includes the production of atlases such as the "Atlas Novus" and the monumental "Atlas Maior." These atlases featured beautifully engraved maps that not only captured the geographical knowledge of the time but also showcased the artistry and sophistication of Dutch mapmaking. Blaeu's maps were prized for their aesthetic appeal and scientific precision, earning him recognition and patronage from royalty and scholars across Europe. His legacy endures through the continued study and appreciation of his maps, which remain prized artifacts of both historical cartography and artistic achievement.

169 Items

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: BRAHE, Tycho (1546-1601). Danish astronomer

BRAHE, Tycho (1546-1601). Danish astronomer. Astronomical sphere. Illustration from the Atlas by Willem Blaeu. FRANCE. Paris. National Library

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old County Map of Surrey 1648 by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus

Old County Map of Surrey 1648 by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of Surrey has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old Map of the Isle of Islay Scotland 1654 by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus

Old Map of the Isle of Islay Scotland 1654 by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of The Isle of Islay has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old Map of the Isle of Mull Scotland 1654 by Johan Blaue from the Atlas Novus

Old Map of the Isle of Mull Scotland 1654 by Johan Blaue from the Atlas Novus
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of The Isle of Mull has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Map of the surroundings of Zandvliet, 1642. Creator: Willem Blaeu

Map of the surroundings of Zandvliet, 1642. Creator: Willem Blaeu
Map of the surroundings of Zandvliet, 1642. The north on the left, the borders coloured, cities, buildings and flags indicated. At the top left Explanation of the symbols on the map

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Map of Brabant, 1631. Creator: Willem Blaeu

Map of Brabant, 1631. Creator: Willem Blaeu
Map of Brabant, 1631. Map of the Duchy of Brabant. At the bottom right the scale in German miles. Bottom left the title between sphinxes, above it the coat of arms and woman with staff

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Map of the Strait of Magellan, 1635-1664. Creator: Willem Blaeu

Map of the Strait of Magellan, 1635-1664. Creator: Willem Blaeu
Map of the Strait of Magellan, 1635-1664. At the top right a coat of arms

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Map of Brabant, 1635. Creator: Michael van Langren

Map of Brabant, 1635. Creator: Michael van Langren
Map of Brabant, 1635. Prima pars Brabantiae cuius caput Lovanivm'. Top right: a coat of arms; bottom right: title in a cartouche with King David playing the harp

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Map of the area between Bergen op Zoom and Steenbergen, 1630. Creator: Franciscus van Schooten

Map of the area between Bergen op Zoom and Steenbergen, 1630. Creator: Franciscus van Schooten
Map of the area between Bergen op Zoom and Steenbergen, 1630. Tabula Bergarum ad Zomam Stenbergae'. Showing fortresses, trees, hills, harbours, areas susceptible to flooding

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Mozambique in Africa, 1645 (engraving)

Mozambique in Africa, 1645 (engraving)
AIS5368589 Mozambique in Africa, 1645 (engraving) by Blaeu, Willem (1571-1638); Biblioteca de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain; (add.info)

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Geographic map of America. In 'Le theatre du monde ou le nouvel atlas

Geographic map of America. In "Le theatre du monde ou le nouvel atlas
JLJ4690395 Geographic map of America. In " Le theatre du monde ou le nouvel atlas Amsterdam" produced by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638), 1635

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Map of South America (engraving, 1635)

Map of South America (engraving, 1635)
LRI4706249 Map of South America (engraving, 1635) by Blaeu, Willem (1571-1638); Museo Navale di Pegli, Genoa, Italy; (add.info.: Map of South America - Plate from " Theatrum orbis Terrarum)

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Large pair of library globes, the terrestrial 1645 / 48, the celestial after c

Large pair of library globes, the terrestrial 1645 / 48, the celestial after c
3482878 Large pair of library globes, the terrestrial 1645/48, the celestial after c.1630 (plaster, wood & engraved paper) by Blaeu

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Title Page for The Light of Navigation by William Iohnson

Title Page for The Light of Navigation by William Iohnson
498325 Title Page for The Light of Navigation by William Iohnson, published 1612 (letterpress and engraving) by English School

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Map of China, Japan and Korea. (engraving, 1638)

Map of China, Japan and Korea. (engraving, 1638)
LRI4678176 Map of China, Japan and Korea. (engraving, 1638) by Blaeu, Willem (1571-1638); Private Collection; (add.info.: Map of China, Japan and Korea)

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Atlas Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571 - 1638), 1617

Atlas Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571 - 1638), 1617
GIA4699171 Atlas Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571 - 1638), 1617. by Blaeu, Willem (1571-1638); Private Collection; (add.info.: Atlas Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571 - 1638), 1617.); eGiancarlo Costa; Dutch

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: The Light of Navigation, 1608 (engraving)

The Light of Navigation, 1608 (engraving)
498324 The Light of Navigation, 1608 (engraving) by Dutch School, (17th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Light of Navigation by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638)

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Representation de Macao, detail in Le Theatre du monde, 1645

Representation de Macao, detail in Le Theatre du monde, 1645
AIS5386901 Representation de Macao, detail in Le Theatre du monde, 1645, de Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) et Jan Blaeu (1596-1673). Eau forte en couleurs

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: 'Representation of the City of London '

"Representation of the City of London "
AIS5357390 " Representation of the City of London " Detail of a world map in " The Theatre of the World " by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638), 1645

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Map of Europe. (engraving, 1638)

Map of Europe. (engraving, 1638)
LRI4678144 Map of Europe. (engraving, 1638) by Blaeu, Willem (1571-1638); Private Collection; (add.info.: Map of Europe. Plate from an Atlas by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (Guilielmus Jansonius Blavius)

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Detail of a sea monster from a terrestrial globe, 1645 / 48 (plaster

Detail of a sea monster from a terrestrial globe, 1645 / 48 (plaster
3482879 Detail of a sea monster from a terrestrial globe, 1645/48 (plaster, wood & engraved paper) by Blaeu, Willem (1571-1638); height: 99 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Large pair of library globes, the terrestrial 1645 / 48, the celestial after c

Large pair of library globes, the terrestrial 1645 / 48, the celestial after c
3482890 Large pair of library globes, the terrestrial 1645/48, the celestial after c.1630 (plaster, wood & engraved paper) by Blaeu

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Large pair of library globes, the terrestrial 1645 / 48, the celestial after c

Large pair of library globes, the terrestrial 1645 / 48, the celestial after c
3482884 Large pair of library globes, the terrestrial 1645/48, the celestial after c.1630 (plaster, wood & engraved paper) by Blaeu

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: View of Cartagena in Colombia (South America). Detail of a map of the Atlas '

View of Cartagena in Colombia (South America). Detail of a map of the Atlas "
GIA4805226 View of Cartagena in Colombia (South America). Detail of a map of the Atlas " Le Theatre du Monde" by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638), 1645

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Map of the Molucca Islands east of Indonesia. (engraving, 1638)

Map of the Molucca Islands east of Indonesia. (engraving, 1638)
LRI4678184 Map of the Molucca Islands east of Indonesia. (engraving, 1638) by Blaeu, Willem (1571-1638); Private Collection; (add.info.: Map of the Molucca Islands east of Indonesia)

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Map of Ethiopia and South Africa. (engraving, 1638)

Map of Ethiopia and South Africa. (engraving, 1638)
LRI4678170 Map of Ethiopia and South Africa. (engraving, 1638) by Blaeu, Willem (1571-1638); Private Collection; (add.info.: Map of Ethiopia and South Africa)

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Large pair of library globes, the terrestrial 1645 / 48, the celestial after c

Large pair of library globes, the terrestrial 1645 / 48, the celestial after c
3482882 Large pair of library globes, the terrestrial 1645/48, the celestial after c.1630 (plaster, wood & engraved paper) by Blaeu

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Large pair of library globes, the terrestrial 1645 / 48, the celestial after c

Large pair of library globes, the terrestrial 1645 / 48, the celestial after c
3482888 Large pair of library globes, the terrestrial 1645/48, the celestial after c.1630 (plaster, wood & engraved paper) by Blaeu

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Measurement of the Earth. Detail of the atlas by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638)

Measurement of the Earth. Detail of the atlas by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638)
GIA4777406 Measurement of the Earth. Detail of the atlas by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638). Amsterdam 1630. by Blaeu, Willem (1571-1638); Private Collection; (add.info.: Measurement of the Earth)

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Battle between two galleys and a caraque. Atlas by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571 - 1638)

Battle between two galleys and a caraque. Atlas by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571 - 1638)
GIA4756152 Battle between two galleys and a caraque. Atlas by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571 - 1638), 1617. by Blaeu, Willem (1571-1638); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Map of Africa. (engraving, 1638)

Map of Africa. (engraving, 1638)
LRI4678163 Map of Africa. (engraving, 1638) by Blaeu, Willem (1571-1638); Private Collection; (add.info.: Map of Africa. Plate from an Atlas by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (Guilielmus Jansonius Blavius)

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Map of Asia. (engraving, 1638)

Map of Asia. (engraving, 1638)
LRI4678148 Map of Asia. (engraving, 1638) by Blaeu, Willem (1571-1638); Private Collection; (add.info.: Map of Asia. Plate from an Atlas by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (Guilielmus Jansonius Blavius)

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: The theatre of the world or the new atlas Amsterdam. Geographic map of Asia by Willem

The theatre of the world or the new atlas Amsterdam. Geographic map of Asia by Willem
JLJ4688278 The theatre of the world or the new atlas Amsterdam. Geographic map of Asia by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638), 1635

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: The Rhinoceros, after 1620. Creator: Albrecht Durer

The Rhinoceros, after 1620. Creator: Albrecht Durer
The Rhinoceros, after 1620

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old County Map of Buckinghamshire 1648 by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus

Old County Map of Buckinghamshire 1648 by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of Buckinghamshire has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old County Map of Bedfordshire 1648 by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus

Old County Map of Bedfordshire 1648 by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of Bedfordshire has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old County Map of Cambridgeshire 1648 by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus

Old County Map of Cambridgeshire 1648 by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of Cambridgeshire has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old County Map of Sterlingshire 1654 by Johan Blaue from the Atlas Novus

Old County Map of Sterlingshire 1654 by Johan Blaue from the Atlas Novus
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of Sterlingshire, Scotland, has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old Map of the Isles of Shetland and Orkney 1654 from the Atlas Novus

Old Map of the Isles of Shetland and Orkney 1654 from the Atlas Novus
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of The Isles of Shetland and Orkney, has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old Map of England 1635 by Willem & Johan Blaeu from the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Old Map of England 1635 by Willem & Johan Blaeu from the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of England has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old County Map of Renfrewshire Scotland 1654 by Johan Blaue from the Atlas Novus

Old County Map of Renfrewshire Scotland 1654 by Johan Blaue from the Atlas Novus
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of Renfrewshire, Scotland, has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old Map of Scotland 1635 by Willem & Johan Blaeu from the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Old Map of Scotland 1635 by Willem & Johan Blaeu from the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of Scotland has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old Map of Teviotdale Scotland 1654 from the Atlas Novus

Old Map of Teviotdale Scotland 1654 from the Atlas Novus
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of Teviotdale, Scotland, has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old Map of Wales 1648 by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus

Old Map of Wales 1648 by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of Wales has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old Map of The British Isles 1635 by Willem & Johan Blaeu from the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Old Map of The British Isles 1635 by Willem & Johan Blaeu from the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of The British Isles has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old Map of Lothian - Scottish Lowlands by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus

Old Map of Lothian - Scottish Lowlands by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of the Scottish Lowlands, known as Lothian, has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old County Map of Oxfordshire 1648 by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus

Old County Map of Oxfordshire 1648 by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of Oxfordshire has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original

Background imageWillem Janszoon Blaeu Collection: Old County Map of Warwickshire 1648 by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus

Old County Map of Warwickshire 1648 by Johan Blaeu from the Atlas Novus
This detailed and most attractive reproduction map of Warwickshire has been carefully art worked from a scan of an antique original



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