This product is successfully added to your cart
Questions about this product?

Luxembourg, by Joan Blaeu.

The Blaeus: Willem Janszoon, Cornelis & Joan

Willem Jansz. Blaeu and his son Joan Blaeu are the most widely known cartographic publishers of the seventeenth century.

Willem Jansz. (also written Guilielmus Janssonius) = Willem Janszoon Blaeu, was born in Uitgeest (Netherlands), near Alkmaar in 1571. He studied mathematics under Tycho Brahe and learned the theory and practice of astronomical observations and the art of instrument- and globe making.

In 1596 he came to Amsterdam where he settled down as a globe-, instrument- and map-maker. He published his first cartographic work (a globe) in 1599 and probably published his first printed map (a map of the Netherlands) in 1604. He specialized in maritime cartography and published the first edition of the pilot guide Het Licht der Zeevaert in 1608, and was appointed Hydrographer of the V.O.C. (United East India Company) in 1633. After thirty years of publishing books, wall maps, globes, charts and pilot guides, he brought out his first atlas, Atlas Appendix (1630). This was the beginning of the great tradition of atlas-making by the Blaeus.

In 1618 another mapmaker, bookseller and publisher, Johannes Janssonius established himself in Amsterdam next door to Blaeu's shop. It is no wonder that these two neighbours, who began accusing each other of copying and stealing their information, became fierce competitors who did not have a good word to say about each other. In about 1621 Willem Jansz. decided to put an end to the confusion between his name and his competitor's, and assumed his grandfather's sobriquet, 'blauwe Willem' ('blue Willem'), as the family name; thereafter he called himself Willem Jansz. Blaeu.

Willem Janszoon Blaeu died in 1638, leaving his prospering business to his sons, Cornelis and Joan. Of Cornelis we only know that his name occurs in the prefaces of books and atlases until c. 1645.

Joan Blaeu, born in Amsterdam, 1596, became partner in his father’s book trade and printing business. In 1638 he was appointed his father’s successor in the Hydrographic office of the V.O.C. His efforts culminated in the magnificent Atlas Major and the town-books of the Netherlands and of Italy – works unsurpassed in history and in modern times, which gave eternal fame to the name of the Blaeus.

On February 23, 1672, a fire ruined the business. One year later, Dr. Joan Blaeu died. The fire of 1672 and the passing away of the director gave rise to a complete sale of the stock of the Blaeu House. Five public auctions dispersed the remaining books, atlases, copperplates, globes, etc., among many other map dealers and publishers in Amsterdam. The majority was acquired by a number of booksellers acting in partnership.

In the succeeding years, the remaining printing department was left in the hands of the Blaeu family until 1695 when also the inventory of the printing house was sold at a public auction. That meant the end of the Blaeus as a printing house of world renown.

back

Luceburgum., 1652.

€3400  ($3978 / £3060)
add to cart
questions?

Item Number:  25510
Category:  Antique maps > Europe > Luxembourg
References: Van der Krogt 4 - 2503; Fauser - 8140

Old bird's-eye view of Luxembourg by J. Blaeu.

Date of the first edition: 1649
Date of this map: 1652

Copper engraving
Size (not including margins): 43 x 52cm (16.8 x 20.3 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Original coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 2503; Fauser, 8140.

From: Novum Ac Magnum Theatrum Urbium Belgicae Regiae. Amsterdam, J. Blaeu, 1652. (Van der Krogt 4, 43:113.2)

The Blaeus: Willem Janszoon, Cornelis & Joan

Willem Jansz. Blaeu and his son Joan Blaeu are the most widely known cartographic publishers of the seventeenth century.

Willem Jansz. (also written Guilielmus Janssonius) = Willem Janszoon Blaeu, was born in Uitgeest (Netherlands), near Alkmaar in 1571. He studied mathematics under Tycho Brahe and learned the theory and practice of astronomical observations and the art of instrument- and globe making.

In 1596 he came to Amsterdam where he settled down as a globe-, instrument- and map-maker. He published his first cartographic work (a globe) in 1599 and probably published his first printed map (a map of the Netherlands) in 1604. He specialized in maritime cartography and published the first edition of the pilot guide Het Licht der Zeevaert in 1608, and was appointed Hydrographer of the V.O.C. (United East India Company) in 1633. After thirty years of publishing books, wall maps, globes, charts and pilot guides, he brought out his first atlas, Atlas Appendix (1630). This was the beginning of the great tradition of atlas-making by the Blaeus.

In 1618 another mapmaker, bookseller and publisher, Johannes Janssonius established himself in Amsterdam next door to Blaeu's shop. It is no wonder that these two neighbours, who began accusing each other of copying and stealing their information, became fierce competitors who did not have a good word to say about each other. In about 1621 Willem Jansz. decided to put an end to the confusion between his name and his competitor's, and assumed his grandfather's sobriquet, 'blauwe Willem' ('blue Willem'), as the family name; thereafter he called himself Willem Jansz. Blaeu.

Willem Janszoon Blaeu died in 1638, leaving his prospering business to his sons, Cornelis and Joan. Of Cornelis we only know that his name occurs in the prefaces of books and atlases until c. 1645.

Joan Blaeu, born in Amsterdam, 1596, became partner in his father’s book trade and printing business. In 1638 he was appointed his father’s successor in the Hydrographic office of the V.O.C. His efforts culminated in the magnificent Atlas Major and the town-books of the Netherlands and of Italy – works unsurpassed in history and in modern times, which gave eternal fame to the name of the Blaeus.

On February 23, 1672, a fire ruined the business. One year later, Dr. Joan Blaeu died. The fire of 1672 and the passing away of the director gave rise to a complete sale of the stock of the Blaeu House. Five public auctions dispersed the remaining books, atlases, copperplates, globes, etc., among many other map dealers and publishers in Amsterdam. The majority was acquired by a number of booksellers acting in partnership.

In the succeeding years, the remaining printing department was left in the hands of the Blaeu family until 1695 when also the inventory of the printing house was sold at a public auction. That meant the end of the Blaeus as a printing house of world renown.

Related items

Luxembourg, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

Luxembourg, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.
Luxembourg - Lutzenburgum, Ducatus eiusdem ..., 1581.
[Item number: 26917]

€720  ($842.4 / £648)
Old, antique map of Luxembourg by N. Visscher II.

Luxembourg by N. Visscher II.
Luxemburgensis Ducatus, tam in ejusdem Minores, ..., 1683-1696.
[Item number: 14831]

€580  ($678.6 / £522)
Old antique map of Luxembourg, by L. Guicciardini.

Luxembourg, by L. Guicciardini.
Lutzenburgensis Ducatus Veriss Descript., 1609.
[Item number: 26219]

€280  ($327.6 / £252)
Old antique map of Luxembourg, by H. Hondius - J. Janssonius.

Luxembourg, by H. Hondius - J. Janssonius.
Ducatus Lutzenburgensis Nova et accurata ..., 1641.
[Item number: 26309]

€680  ($795.6 / £612)
Old antique map of Luxembourg, by Joan Blaeu.

Luxembourg, by Joan Blaeu.
Lutzenburg Ducatus., 1659-72.
[Item number: 17004]

€550  ($643.5 / £495)
Old antique map of Luxembourg by Ludovico Guicciardini

Luxembourg by Ludovico Guicciardini
Lutzenburgensis Ducatus Veriss Descript., 1581.
[Item number: 26805]

€360  ($421.2 / £324)
Luxembourg, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

Luxembourg, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.
Lutzenburgum - Blaeu J.
[Item number: 14317]

€950  ($1111.5 / £855)
Old, antique map of Luxembourg by Braun & Hogenberg

Luxembourg by Braun & Hogenberg
Lucenburgum Urbs eiusdem nominis Ducatus primaria ... - Braun & Hogenberg.
[Item number: 23366]

€1200  ($1404 / £1080)
Old, antique map of Luxembourg by P. Kaerius (Van den Keere)

Luxembourg by P. Kaerius (Van den Keere)
Lutzenburgensis Ducatus Veriss. Descript. - Petrus Kaerius (Pieter Van den Keere), 1617.
[Item number: 13765]

€2200  ($2574 / £1980)
Luxembourg, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

Luxembourg, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.
Luxembourg - Lutzenburgum, Ducatus eiusdem ..., 1581-88.
[Item number: 23308]

€700  ($819 / £630)
Luxembourg by C. Merian.

Luxembourg by C. Merian.
Prosp. der Statt Lüzemburg. - Matthäus Merian, 1659.
[Item number: 1811]

€600  ($702 / £540)
Luxembourg, by Joan Blaeu.

Luxembourg, by Joan Blaeu.
Luceburgum, 1649.
[Item number: 105]

€1450  ($1696.5 / £1305)
Luxembourg, by L. Guicciardini.

Luxembourg, by L. Guicciardini.
Lutzenburgu(m) Ducatus eiyusde(m) nominis, vetus ..., 1609.
[Item number: 26119]

€420  ($491.4 / £378)