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Blaeu. Atlas Maior Hardcover – 25 Oct 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN Gmbh; Taschen 25- special ed edition (25 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836524112
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836524117
  • Product Dimensions: 39.4 x 26.7 x 5.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 653,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 "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" --TNT Magazine, London

About the Author

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 he reissued the atlas in 11 volumes, known as the Atlas Maior. A cosmology was planned as his next project, but a fire destroyed the workshop in 1672. Joan Blaeu died in the following year. Since 1990, Peter van der Krogt, the leading expert in the field of Dutch atlases, has been working on Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, the cartobibliography of atlases published in the Netherlands. His second project is the compilation, in cooperation with the Nijmegen University, of an illustrated and annotated catalogue of the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem, the most important multivolume atlas preserved in the Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna.


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I you like travel, history and maps this is for you. If you like Michelin and Ordnance Survey but would like to know about Mercator and Speed, this is for you.
Look at maps of areas you know and wonder how things have changed, be intrigued at the detail, learn from the detailed introduction, salivate at the vivid colours. The book already has given me many happy hour and is bound to give me much more pleasure in future.
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It's very difficult to describe to someone 'why' a book like this deserves a place in your collection. It's perhaps a little baffling to some, when I can easily justify the expensive, the size over something that's more modern, more relevant and considerably more pocketable.

To dismiss something so beautiful, so intriguing, by such simple measures (can you honestly compare this to a Michelin Atlas?) would be entirely to miss the point.

It's a wonderful book, delivered perfectly in both in content and form.

Genuinely historical maps are often something that can only be glimpsed in national libraries and collections, when here is a something special that is available to almost everyone.

You don't even need an interest in maps or historical books to appreciate this lovely object. It's genuinely a work of art, and is more than deserving place in your home.
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Everything about this book oozes quality. From the moment you open up the packaging, to seeing the wonderful front cover. Looking through its fabulous maps and illustrations is simply a joy.

It's complete in every way you can think of, the perfect book to really get lost in. Its a book I think deserves its place at the top of Map publishing, and anyone into maps, History, and an appreciation for fine art work, then this book definitely should be in your collection.

Every page is pure magic, and the way it is put together the quality is perfect from the binding to the paper used, to the colours, it is a first class product. Well worth the price currently on offer it's a steal.
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This book is so beautiful! It had no damages on arrival, and it was also wrapped in plastic. It is pretty huge, though, but that just makes it more beautiful. The maps inside are fantastic to look at, and my brother, who got it for Christmas, was very pleased when he got it.
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One of the most magnificent atlases ever made. This reprint of the original work from 1665 is superbly done, and they've made sure to include the original foreword from Joan Blaeu, giving us an insight to how they worked then. There's also a modern foreword that puts the atlas into its historical context. You'll spend hours looking at the maps in awe. Indispensable for anyone who calls themselves a map buff.
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