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Joan Blaeu: Atlas Maior of 1665 Hardcover – November 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; 1st edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836524112
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836524117
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 10.8 x 15.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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"

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 Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna.

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The detail and descriptions are fantastically laid out.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William Lee on November 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
According to Taschen's website, "The finest and most comprehensive baroque atlas was Joan Blaeu's exceptional Atlas Maior, completed in 1665."

This reproduction of what was orginally an 11 volume magnum opus with 594 maps has been loving recreated by Taschen. The color reproductions are beautiful with large fold out illustrations scattered throughout the atlas. The detail on the maps themselves is striking.

The quality of this reproduction is spectacular, and the book itself is absolutely enormous. Forget coffee table book, this is a dining room table edition. It weighs in at 18 lbs and arrived at my doorstep in a gigantic box.

If you have any interest in maps, history, or beautiful bookmaking, this edition is worth every penny (much like most of Taschen's other offerings).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JMUL on November 17, 2009
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For those of us who love ancient maps and the history of cartography, this book brings us the possibility of having a facsimile of the turning point, master-piece of the golden age of cartography. I'd been looking for this book in my country with no success, I'm very happy to have it in my collection. Regards from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Boisvert on November 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've been hunting old world maps for a while. Usually, these were expensive and not practical to look at. During a trip to the Musée du Louvre in Paris, I stumbled upon the Atlas Maior. I nearly got down on my knees. Very complete, detailed, impressive, just amazing. The cost is not a factor for the huge beast of great art and History.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Edelman on May 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Johan Blaauw's incredibly large atlas - a marvel of cartography -, in a glorious edition by Taschen. The combination of full page reprints and overviews with commentary makes for one of the most luscious books I ever saw. Mesmerizing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brinkerhoff on January 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I recently purchased 3 original maps by Blaeu. I purchased this book just as a reference for some restoration work that was going to be done on the maps. The maps are the original size with blow-up of some of the cartouches. They are fantastic.

If you are into collecting or just like the look of the Blaeu maps - this is the definitive book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Hinkle on May 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This sits on my coffee table and is a great companion to watching any sort of historical documentary on TV etc. Also makes for good cocktail party reading/conversation.

I've seen an original copy of this in the NYPL and this printing is true to form, with insightful tidibits and good translations extras.

The Bleau Atlas Major is the most beatiful and prolific atlases ever made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NES on February 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This Atlas is truly a work of art. The quality of the book itself is wonderful. Several of the pages fold out to large-scale maps/drawings - We have spent hours pouring over the detail in this book. It makes a wonderful gift or addition to a collection. Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mad L on January 1, 2014
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This book is so huge, but it has to be to hold so many wonders of the world! The detail and descriptions are fantastically laid out. The case for holding the book is nicely made. You won't be disappointed with this one; just DON'T drop it on your foot!!
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