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Daventria Vernacule Deventer

Daventria Vernacule Deventer
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Object ID: 880

Price: €950,00

Map of the Dutch city of Deventer from the famous town atlas ‘Tooneel der Steeden’ In 1649 Joan Blaeu published the Tooneel der Steeden, two atlases with maps of the most important fortified towns of the Northern and Southern Netherlands. The title page of the atlas bears the text: Novum ac magnum theatrum urbium Belgicae regiae et foederatae. The copperplate engravings are so sharply printed that almost every building in the town can be discerned individually. The atlases also include a number of prints such as the above illustration of the siege of Hindelopen. In a few cases only the fortifications of the towns are shown, while the map of Amsterdam also depicts the ring of canals that formed the city extension. It can clearly be seen that the canals were not constructed from the centre outwards but in a fan-like development from west to east. Twelve years later in 1662 Joan Blaeu published his masterpiece, the Atlas Maior.

Joan Blaeu learned his trade from his father Willem Janszoon Blaeu, a pupil of the famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. Willem Blaeu was more of a scientist ‘pur sang’, while Joan was not only a scientist/artist but above all an entrepreneur. He ran a highly successful publishing house in Amsterdam on the Bloemgracht, and later on the Gravenstraat too, which produced books, atlases and maps and globes. In addition, Joan was active in the city administration and in the slave trade. Joan Blaeu was also commissioned to produce maps for the Dutch East India Company (VOC) which for a long period were kept secret and which only directors of the Company were permitted to view. Remargined all around. Verso latin text [vj A]


Specific product properties:
Cartographer: Bleau, Joan
Publisher: Blaeu, Joan
Year:c. 1649
Condition:very fine
Present in store: No

415 mm
530 mm

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