This product is successfully added to your cart
Questions about this product? (#20384)

Authenticity Guarantee
All items are guaranteed authentic prints (woodcuts or engravings) or manuscripts made at or about (c.) the given date and in good condition unless stated otherwise. We don’t sell facsimiles or reproductions. We deliver every map with a Certificate of Authenticity containing all the details.

Northern Brabant, by Blaeu W. & J. 1635

The Blaeus: Willem Janszoon, Cornelis & Joan

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

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 specialised in maritime cartography, 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 publishing books, wall maps, globes, charts and pilot guides for thirty years, 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. No wonder these two neighbours began accusing each other of copying and stealing their information and became fierce competitors who did not have a good word to say about each other. In about 1621 Willem Jansz. decided to end the confusion between his name and his competitor's and assumed his grandfather's nickname, 'blauwe Willem' ('blue Willem'), as the family name; after that, he called himself Willem Jansz. Blaeu.

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

Joan Blaeu, born in Amsterdam in 1596, became a partner in his father’s book trade and printing business. 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 Italy – works unsurpassed in history and modern times, giving eternal fame to the name of the Blaeu's.

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 several booksellers acting in partnership.

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

back

Quarta Pars Brabantiae cujus caput Sylvaducis.

€500  ($540 / £425)
add to cart
Buy now
questions?
PRINT

Item Number:  20384 Authenticity Guarantee

Category:  Antique maps > Europe > The Netherlands

Old, antique map of Noord Brabant by Blaeu W. & J.

Title: Quarta Pars Brabantiae cujus caput Sylvaducis.

Date: 1635.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 410 x 520mm (16.14 x 20.47 inches).
Verso: Latin text.
Condition: Original coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+.

From: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, W.& J. Blaeu, 1635. (Van der Krogt 2, 101)

The Blaeus: Willem Janszoon, Cornelis & Joan

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

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 specialised in maritime cartography, 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 publishing books, wall maps, globes, charts and pilot guides for thirty years, 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. No wonder these two neighbours began accusing each other of copying and stealing their information and became fierce competitors who did not have a good word to say about each other. In about 1621 Willem Jansz. decided to end the confusion between his name and his competitor's and assumed his grandfather's nickname, 'blauwe Willem' ('blue Willem'), as the family name; after that, he called himself Willem Jansz. Blaeu.

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

Joan Blaeu, born in Amsterdam in 1596, became a partner in his father’s book trade and printing business. 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 Italy – works unsurpassed in history and modern times, giving eternal fame to the name of the Blaeu's.

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 several booksellers acting in partnership.

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

References: Van der Krogt 2 - 3112:2

Related items

Brabant by C.J. Visscher.

Brabantia Ducatus / Tabula Ducatus Brabantiae Continens Marchionatum Sacri Imperij et Dominium Mechliniense Magna cura edita à Nicolao Iohannis Visscher. Anno 1622. 1622
Brabant by C.J. Visscher.
[Item number: 2640]

€3000  ($3240 / £2550)
Brabant, with an inset map of the district of Mechelen, by Abraham Ortelius.

Brabantiae Descriptio 1601
Brabant, with an inset map of the district of Mechelen, by Abraham Ortelius.
[Item number: 12909]

€500  ($540 / £425)
Antwerpen - Mechelen by Visscher N. II.

Tetrarchiae Antverpiensis Pars Meridionalis 1683-1696
Antwerpen - Mechelen by Visscher N. II.
[Item number: 14777]

€460  ($496.8 / £391)
Brabant by Abraham Goos,published by Joannes Janssonius.

Ducatus Brabantiae. 1631
Brabant by Abraham Goos,published by Joannes Janssonius.
[Item number: 17723]

€250  ($270 / £212.5)
Brabant by Henricus Hondius, published by J. Janssonius.

Novissima et Accuratissima Brabantiae Ducatus Tabula. 1638
Brabant by Henricus Hondius, published by J. Janssonius.
[Item number: 19012]

€500  ($540 / £425)
Breda - Bergen op Zoom, by Visscher N. II

Brabantiae Batavae Pars Occidentalis 1683-1696
Breda - Bergen op Zoom, by Visscher N. II
[Item number: 20266]

€550  ($594 / £467.5)
Brabant, by W. Blaeu.

Brabantia Ducatus. 1647-50
Brabant, by W. Blaeu.
[Item number: 22657]

€650  ($702 / £552.5)
Northern Brabant, by Frederick de Wit.

Brabantiae, pars Septentrionalis c. 1680
Northern Brabant, by Frederick de Wit.
[Item number: 24653]

€460  ($496.8 / £391)
Brabant by M. Quad - J. Bussemacher.

Brabantiae Belgarum provinciae recens exactaque descriptio. 1602
Brabant by M. Quad - J. Bussemacher.
[Item number: 25235]

€420  ($453.6 / £357)
 Brabant, by A. Ortelius.

Brabantiae Descriptio. 1595
Brabant, by A. Ortelius.
[Item number: 25573]

€900  ($972 / £765)
Northern Brabant, by W. Blaeu.

Quarta Pars Brabantiae cujus caput Sylvaducis. 1643-50
Northern Brabant, by W. Blaeu.
[Item number: 26304]

€890  ($961.2 / £756.5)
Northern Brabant, by Henricus Hondius.

Brabantiae Pars Septentrionalis Continens ... 1641
Northern Brabant, by Henricus Hondius.
[Item number: 26305]

€350  ($378 / £297.5)
Brabant by Abraham Ortelius

Brabantiae Germaniae Inferioris Nobilissimmae Provinciae Descriptio. 1572
Brabant by Abraham Ortelius
[Item number: 26734]

€700  ($756 / £595)
Brabant & Zuid Limburg by Eugene Fricx.

Exactissima Brabantiae et Limburgi Tabula Illustrissimis Brabantiae Ordinibus. 1712
Brabant & Zuid Limburg by Eugene Fricx.
[Item number: 29546]

€300  ($324 / £255)
Northwest Brabant by G.L. Le Rouge.

Le Brabant Hollandois et Autrichien. 1747
Northwest Brabant by G.L. Le Rouge.
[Item number: 30255]

€350  ($378 / £297.5)
Historical map of Brabant by Christophe Butkens.

Very rare first state.
Delineation Geographique. Tant de lancien que Du moderne. Brabant avecq les parties y comprinses selon qu'elles estoient Devant les inondations des terre vers l'Hollande advenües en lan 1421. 1637
Historical map of Brabant by Christophe Butkens.
[Item number: 30291]

€650  ($702 / £552.5)
Southern Brabant par Robert de Vaugondy.

Partie Septentrionale du Duché de Brabant où se trouvent les Mairies de Bosleduc de Turnhout, de Santhoven, d'Herentals, les Marquisats de Berg-op-Zoom, et du St Empire, la Baronie de Bréda partie de la Seigneurie de Malines, et de l'Evêché de Lyége &c. 1757
Southern Brabant par Robert de Vaugondy.
[Item number: 30403]

€250  ($270 / £212.5)