Item description for Atlas Maior - Germania, Austria Et Helvetia (Joan Blaeu Atlas Maior 1665) by Joan Blaeu...
Maps of Germany, Austria and Switzerland from Joan Blaeu's exquisite world atlas of 1665 The finest and most comprehensive baroque atlas was Joan Blaeu's exceptional Atlas Maior, completed in 1665. The original eleven-volume Latin edition, containing 594 maps, put Blaeu ahead of his staunch competitor, mapmaker Joanes Janssonius, whose rivalry inspired Blaeu to produce a grandiose edition of the largest and most complete atlas to date. Covering Arctica, Europe, Africa, Asia, and America, Blaeu's Atlas Maior was a remarkable achievement and remains to this day one of history's finest examples of mapmaking. This reprint, including all 123 maps of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, is made from the National Library of Vienna's colored, gold-heightened copy, thus assuring the best possible detail and quality. Alongside original quotes from Joan Blaeu relating to the individual maps, the new text by Peter van der Krogt explains the historical and cultural associations and introduces the reader into the fascinating world of early modern cartography. The text is in German, English and French. The author: Peter van der Krogt, the leading expert in the field of Dutch atlases, is a collaborator on the Explokart Research Program for the History of Cartography at the University of Utrecht's Faculty of Geosciences. Since 1990 he has been working on Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, the carto-bibliography of atlases published in the Netherlands. His second project is the compilation, in co-operation with the Nijmegen University, of an illustrated and annotated catalogue of the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem, the most important multi-volume atlas preserved in the Austrian National Library, which was added toUnesco's ?Memory of the World? register in 2004.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 15.83" Width: 10.55" Height: 2.36" Weight: 9.79 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
ISBN 3822851027 ISBN13 9783822851029
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Wonderful maps Mar 21, 2007
These are wonderful, beautiful maps. It gives me such a pleasure seeing all those details... Also interesting is to see the attention paid to regions which today are not any more so important. On the other hand, the Berlin area is not well covered, for instance. The plant of the city of Frankfurt is specially beautiful. OBS: these are *not* paperback editions (the this site entry is wrong). I bought them from this site and they are hardcover, top quality Taschen edition.