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Pars Flandriæ Teutonicæ Occidentalior: Blaeu 1640

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  • Title: Pars Flandriæ Teutonicæ Occidentalior
  • Author: Willem Blaeu
  • Date: 1640
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Good - age toning, light foxing, issued center fold, tape in far left/ right margins, trimmed bottom margin, border of discoloration from old matting
  • Inches: 19 1/2 x 15 3/8 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 49.53 x 39.05 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 100512

Map of part of the Belgian and French coasts by Dutch cartographer Willem Blaeu. Includes the cities of Dunkirk, Calais, Gravelines, Nieuwpoort, Ostend, and Hondschoote, among others. Labels prominent topographical features, as well as the locations of churches and hospitals in the region. Latin verso text.

Dutch cartographer Willem Blaeu (1571-1638), and later his heirs, dominated the world cartographic landscape for much of the seventeenth century. Blaeu studied under Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, one of the major figures in the history of modern astronomy. After returning to the Low Countries from Denmark in the late 1590s, Blaeu set up shop as a cartographer and globe maker. He produced numerous atlases, and in 1633 became the official mapmaker of the Dutch East India Company, the megacorporation which, thanks to Dutch naval prowess, controlled the seventeenth-century global economy. Numerous depictions of Blaeu maps appear in the work of Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Blaeu's sons, cartographers Cornelis and Joan (or Johannes) Blaeu, took over the family business after their father's death.