Title page of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus; in quo Tabulae et Descriptiones omnium Regionum, Editae a Guiljel: et Ionne Blaeu

by Willem and Joan Blaeu


Date of first edition: 1630

Date of this edition: 1649-1655

Dimensions (not including margins): 39 x 23 cm

Condition: Mint. Sharp copper engraving printed on paper. Superb old coloured. Wide margins.

Condition rating: A+

Map reference: Van der Krogt 2:01

From: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus, first edition 1630 (published in Willem’s Appendix); this edition 1649-1655

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Blaeu’s title page of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or Atlas Novus

Willem Blaeu inserted this title page for the first time in his Appendix in 1630. The cover print survived many atlas editions for over 30 years. Only the text on the vignettes changed.

This is the Latin title page of the Atlas Novus, in use by Willem Blaeu (✝in 1638) and Joan Blaeu between 1649 and 1655.

One notices left and top right of the goddess Juno and the god Apollo with lyre. Around them one notices Air (holding a chameleon), Fire, Earth (with fruit) and water (with an urn). Among the celestial and earth globes, in the niches are Peru (at the left) and Mexico (at the right) right represented. Further, four persons illustrating the continents: an Asian with a camel, a European woman, an Indian and an African with an elephant.


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