Atlas Maior of 1665

Atlas Maior of 1665

By Peter Van Der Krogt (Introduction by); Joan Blaeu (Text by (Art/Photo Books)); Peter Van Der Krogt (Text by (Art/Photo Books))

Taschen, Hardcover, 9783822831250, 792pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2005

Description
""The greatest and finest atlas ever published"" The finest and most comprehensive baroque atlas was Johann Blaeu's exceptional Atlas Major, completed in 1662. The original 11-volume Latin edition, containing 593 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 Major 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.


About the Author
Peter van der Krogt is a leading expert on Dutch atlases. Since 1990, he has been working on Koeman s Atlantes Neerlandici, the cartobibliography of atlases published in the Netherlands. Van der Krogt is curator of the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam and researcher in the history of cartography at the University of Utrecht.

Joan Blaeu (1596 Alkmaar 1673 Amsterdam) was a leading Dutch cartographer and member of the Amsterdam council. Son of Willem Blaeu, also a famed cartographer, Joan and his brother Cornelius took over his father s workshop in 1638. He became the official cartographer of the Dutch East India Company and would gain further fame with a collection of Dutch city maps entitled Tooneel der Steeden, the first atlas of Scotland, and the masterwork Atlas Maior.

Peter van der Krogt is a leading expert on Dutch atlases. Since 1990, he has been working on Koeman s Atlantes Neerlandici, the cartobibliography of atlases published in the Netherlands. Van der Krogt is curator of the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam and researcher in the history of cartography at the University of Utrecht.