C1617
 (1635)

Asia noviter delineata

Mapmaker:

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571 - 1638)

Highly decorative carte–figures map of Asia by the most celebrated of all Dutch period mapmakers. The ten side-panels, each with two costumed figures from Persia, Armenia, Arabia, China and Asia, were sourced from the works of Jan Huygens van Linschoten’s … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Asia noviter delineata

Date:

C1617
 (1635)

Mapmaker:

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571 - 1638)

Condition:

In good condition, centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

555mm 
x 410mm

Frame Size: 

860mm 
x 700mm
AUTHENTICITY
Asia noviter delineata - Antique Print from 1617

Genuine antique
dated:

1635

Description:

Highly decorative carte–figures map of Asia by the most celebrated of all Dutch period mapmakers. The ten side-panels, each with two costumed figures from Persia, Armenia, Arabia, China and Asia, were sourced from the works of Jan Huygens van Linschoten’s Itinerario and Theodor de Bry’s Petits Voyages, both of which included detailed accounts of the East Indies. The views at the top of the map are based on Braun and Hogenberg’s famous city atlas Civitates Orbis Terrarum and include all the famous trading cities of the world Damascus, Jerusalem, Aden, Hormuz, Goa, Calicut, Kandy, Banten and Macau. Further embellishments include, a decorative title cartouche held by two figures, two galleons engaged in battle, a sea monster and the sea god Triton blowing his conch shell.

From Blaeu’s Novus Atlas with French text 1635.

References:

Fell 18-19, ill.map 3

Koeman II Bl 11 p106

Parry ill.p.82

Richardson p.183, ill.pp.184-185, p.212, ill.pp.212-213

Sweet 24, ill.p.20

Tibbett 75

Walter p.19, ill.map 25

Biography:

Willem Janzoon Blaeu  (1571-1638)

One of the most influential mapmakers of the Golden Age of mapmaking.

Blaeu was born at Uitgeest or Alkmaar, the son of a herring salesman and destined to succeed his father in the trade, but his interests lay more in Mathematics and Astronomy. Between 1594 and 1596 he was a student of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe and qualified as an instrument and globe maker. In 1600 he discovered the second ever variable star now known as P Cygni. On his return to the Netherlands, he made published his own maps and world globes. He ran his own printing works which allowed him to continually update his own atlases rsuch as his, Atlas Novus published in 1635.

In 1633 he was appointed map-maker for the VOC .

He died in Amsterdam in 1638 and his business was continued by his two sons, Johannes and Cornelis Blaeu.

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