C1654

Cathenesia. Caithness.

Scarce map of Caithness region on the north eastern tip of Scotland, by the most important mapmaker in the Golden Era of Dutch map making, Willem Janzoon Blaeu From Blaeu, Novus Atlas, Vol. IV. Dutch text on verso. Collections:National Library of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Cathenesia. Caithness.

Date:

C1654

Condition:

Two small repaired tears at top left corner, otherwise in good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

520mm 
x 380mm

Paper Size: 

565mm 
x 435mm
AUTHENTICITY
Cathenesia. Caithness. - Antique Print from 1654

Genuine antique
dated:

1654

Description:

Scarce map of Caithness region on the north eastern tip of Scotland, by the most important mapmaker in the Golden Era of Dutch map making, Willem Janzoon Blaeu

From Blaeu, Novus Atlas, Vol. IV. Dutch text on verso.

Collections:
National Library of Scotland: EMW.X.015

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 such 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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