Item description for Atlas Maior of 1665 by Peter Van Der Krogt...
"The greatest and finest atlas ever published" The finest and most comprehensive baroque atlas was Johann Blaeu's exceptional Atlas Major, completed in 1662. The original 11-volume Latin edition, containing 593 maps, put Blaeu ahead of his staunch competitor, mapmaker Johannes 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 Major was a remarkable achievement and remains to this day one of history's finest examples of mapmaking. This reprint is made from the National Library of Vienna's complete, colored, gold-heightened copy, thus assuring the best possible detail and quality. The book's introduction, by the University of Utrecht's Peter van der Krogt, discusses the historical and cultural context and significance of the atlas; Krogt also provides detailed descriptions of the maps, allowing modern readers to fully appreciate Blaeu's masterwork.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 3.25" Width: 12.5" Height: 19.25" Weight: 15.35 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2005
ISBN 3822831255 ISBN13 9783822831250
Reviews - What do customers think about Atlas Maior of 1665?
Object of attraction May 15, 2007
This sits on my coffee table and is a great companion to watching any sort of historical documentary on TV etc. Also makes for good cocktail party reading/conversation.
I've seen an original copy of this in the NYPL and this printing is true to form, with insightful tidibits and good translations extras.
The Bleau Atlas Major is the most beatiful and prolific atlases ever made.
Indeed, the greatest atlas May 12, 2007
Johan Blaauw's incredibly large atlas - a marvel of cartography -, in a glorious edition by Taschen. The combination of full page reprints and overviews with commentary makes for one of the most luscious books I ever saw. Mesmerizing!
A nice book Apr 12, 2007
I bought the Barnes and Noble edition and save 80%. That being said the B&N version is smaller and harder to read. It is also 100 pages shorter, which is why I gave it only 4 stars. Nevertheless I found the book fascinating. But the maps were so interesting I felt a little cheated not getting the other 100 pages. I guess I'll go to this book store where they have a big one displayed compare it to mine. Also the full $100+ volume is so big the box it comes in has a handle to carry it!
Fantastic Art Book! Mar 15, 2007
The quality of the pics of this book is wonderful. Several images just need a frame to decorate your wall. You will spend hours looking any detail of the book. It makes a wonderful gift or addition to a collection. Highly recommended. This is wonderful a coffee Table book. Buy it now!
Beautiful Feb 10, 2007
This Atlas is truly a work of art. The quality of the book itself is wonderful. Several of the pages fold out to large-scale maps/drawings - We have spent hours pouring over the detail in this book. It makes a wonderful gift or addition to a collection. Highly recommend.