Original proof engraved in 1634 - Guilhem Blaeu Cartographer.
Explanatory text in Gothic on the back.
A freckle in the upper left corner not reaching the map.
Very good state.
Sheet size: 62.5 x 42.5 cm.
Engraving format: 50.5 x 38.5 cm.
Original antique map of 1634.
Very beautiful colors for this original map from the beginning of the 17th century, large decorative cartouche with the armorial of the communes of Savoy.
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At the start of the seventeenth century, Amsterdam was becoming one of the most commercial cities in Europe, the base of the Dutch East India Company, European banking and diamond trading center. Its inhabitants were distinguished by their intellectual skills and their exceptional know-how.
In this auspicious period in the history of the northern provinces, Willem Janszoon Blaeu, born in Alkmaar in 1571 is trained in astronomy and science by Tycho Brahe, the famous Danish astronomer who founded a company in Amsterdam in 1599 to manufacture globes and scientific instruments.
It didn't take long for the company to expand, publishing maps, topographical works, nautical chart books and globes collections. His most notable early works are a map of Holland (1604), a beautiful map of the world (1605-06) and Het Licht der Zeevaerdt (The light of navigation), a marine atlas.
At the same time, Blaeu was preparing a major atlas intended to include the most recent maps of the entire known world, but progress on such a large project remains slow, despite the expensive purchase of 40 brass maps from the edition of Mercator as well as the copper base of the publication of maps of Jodocus Hondius. In 1630, a volume of 60 maps bearing the title Atlantis Annex was published. Five years passed before the publication of the first two volumes of his world atlas, Atlas Novus or the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.
At the same time, Blaeu was appointed hydrographer of the East India Company.