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Rare book - Atlas by Blaeu, 1640-43

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First French text edition of the three volume Blaeu Atlas

BLAEU W. & J. Le theatre du monde ou Nouvel Atlas contenant les chartes et descriptions de tous les païs de la terre mis en lumiere par Guillaume et Jean Blaeu. Amsterdam, 1640-43, 3 vol. folio (500 x 320 mm) 6 engraved architectural titles (heigthened with gold), and 273 mostly double-page engraved maps, contemporary hand colour, contemporary gilt-panelled vellum. Occasional browning, some light marginal staining, binding soiled. (Van der Krogt 2, 211)


Volume 1: World, Northern and Eastern Europe and the Low Countries.
Le theatre du monde ou Nouvel Atlas contenant les chartes et descriptions de tous les païs de la terre mis en lumiere par Guillaume et Jean Blaeu. Amsterdami, Apud Iohannem Guiljelmi F. Blaeu. Anno MDCXXXXIII. [1643] = Van der Krogt 2:244.1F
2 parts in one volume, 120 maps.

Volume 2: France & Spain and the Continents.
Le theatre du monde, ou Nouvel Atlas, Mis en lumiere par Guillaume & Jean Blaeu. Seconde partie.
A Amsterdam, Chez Jean & Corneille Blaeu. MDCXL. [1640] = Van der Krogt 2:211.2C
2 parts in one volume, 93 maps.

Volume 3: Italy and Greece with supplements.
Le theatre du monde, ou Nouvel Atlas, Mis en lumiere par Guillaume & Jean Blaeu. Troisième partie.
A Amsterdam, Chez Jean & Corneille Blaeu. MDCXL. [1640] = Van der Krogt 2:211.3C

66 maps.

This first French-language edition of Blaeu's three-volume Theatrum is in fact an updated 1638 Théâtre in two volumes, in which the 24 maps of the appendix were inserted in their appropriate places . A new third volume was added in 1640 with maps of Italy and Greece, along with four maps of the British Isles.

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