C1644

Ducatus Holsatiae Nova Tabula.

Large early map of the province of Holstein, Germany by William Blaeu, with two insets at top of Dagebull, and Stapelholmer and a scale of distances at lower left.. Latin text edition Superb Dutch period map of the Duchy of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Ducatus Holsatiae Nova Tabula.

Date:

C1644

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

520mm 
x 380mm

Paper Size: 

595mm 
x 490mm
AUTHENTICITY
Ducatus Holsatiae Nova Tabula. - Antique Map from 1644

Genuine antique
dated:

1644

Description:

Large early map of the province of Holstein, Germany by William Blaeu, with two insets at top of Dagebull, and Stapelholmer and a scale of distances at lower left.. Latin text edition

Superb Dutch period map of the Duchy of Holstein, the northernmost territory of the Holy Roman Empire

To the north lies the Danish Duchy of Schleswig. In the south are Meklenburg and Lower Saxony. Fehmarn Island lies just off Holstein’s Baltic coastline.  Shown are the numerous waterways with the Elbe river being the most prominent, and together with Trave, provided pathways for the region’s trade. The vessel depicted in the North Sea approaching the sandbars suggests the importance of trade to the region. Relief depicted pictorially. Two inset box provide further detail of the specific locales. The inset box in the upper left shows the marshy coastal area around Dagebüll on the western coast. The depicted wierde/terp (artifical artificial dwelling mound) that were created in the marshy, low-lying reclaimed land to provide safe ground during storm surges, high tides and sea or river flooding. The inset box in the top right corner shows the area in and around Stapelholm.

From Blaeu, W. Theatrum Orbis Terrarum sive Atlas novus..

Collections:
David Rumsey Collection: Pub List No: 12202.000

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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