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Atlas Maior - Hispania, Portugallia, America Et Africa (Joan Blaeu Atlas Maior of 1665) [Hardcover]

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Maps of Spain, Portugal, Africa and America 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 28 maps of Spain and Portugal, 13 maps of Africa and 23 of America, 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 Spanish, English and Portuguese. 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 NationalLibrary, which was added to Unesco's ?Memory of the World? register in 2004.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 15.5" Width: 10.2" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   4.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  382285106X  
ISBN13  9783822851067  

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1Books > Foreign Language Books > Portuguese
2Books > Special Features > Spanish > Spanish-Language Reference
3Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Portugal
4Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Spain
5Books > Subjects > Reference > Atlases & Maps > Atlases
6Books > Subjects > Reference > General
7Books > Subjects > Science > Earth Sciences > Cartography
8Books > Subjects > Science > Technology > History of Technology

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wonderful map book  Jan 10, 2007
I bought this book for my brother for Christmas, and I wish I'd had more time to look at the beautiful maps before he had to fly away home with it. I did not get to read the text, so I can't review that part of it, but the maps themselves are worth the money. A fabulous gift, but make sure you get to look at it too.

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