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October 2012 Guest Editor Simon Garfield on Atlas Maior...
The original volume would probably bankrupt you, but this grand and loving reproduction from Taschen serves as a worthy substitute. This Dutch masterpiece may be the most lavish atlas ever made, a sumptuous rendering of how the world looked to a master map publisher in the 17th century. It’s packed full of naïve splendours (including all the mythical sea creatures you will ever need) and makes you long for time-travel and a favourable wind.
The finest and most comprehensive baroque atlas was Joan Blaeu's exceptional Atlas Maior , completed in 1665. The original 11-volume Latin edition, containing 536 maps, put Blaeu ahead of his staunch competitor, mapmaker Johannes Janssonius, whose rivalry inspired Blaeu to produce a grandiose edition of the largest and most complete atlas to date. Covering Arctica, Europe, Africa, Asia, and America, Blaeu's Atlas Maior was a remarkable achievement and remains to this day one of history's finest examples of mapmaking. This reprint is made from the National Library of Vienna's complete, colored, gold-heightened copy, thus assuring the best possible detail and quality. The book's introduction, by the University of Utrecht's Peter van der Krogt, discusses the historical and cultural context and significance of the atlas; Krogt also provides detailed descriptions of the maps, allowing modern readers to fully appreciate Blaeu's masterwork.
'There can be few books out there more jaw-droppingly gorgeous than this extraordinary Atlas. The reprint more than does justice to Blaeu's masterpiece.' TNT Magazine, London
Publication date: 25/10/2010
Publisher: Taschen GmbH
|Publication date:||25th October 2010|
|Author:||Joan Blaeu, Peter Van Der Krogt|
|Genres:||The Real World, Travel,|
Joan Blaeu (1596 Alkmaar-1673 Amsterdam) was the son of Willem Blaeu and a leading Dutch cartographer. In 1620 he became a doctor of law and subsequently joined his father's workshop. In 1635 they published the two-volume Novus Atlas (Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive, Atlas novus). Joan and his brother Cornelius took over the workshop after their father had died in 1638. Joan became the official cartographer of the Dutch East India Company. Around 1649 he published a collection of Dutch city maps entitled Tooneel der Steeden (Theater of Cities). In 1651 he was voted into the Amsterdam council. In 1654 he published the first atlas of Scotland. In 1662 ...More About Joan Blaeu, Peter Van Der Krogt