Copper engraving on verge type hand laid paper with watermark. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 64 x 52 cm. The image size is ca. 57.3 x 45.2 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 25.2 x 20.5 inch. The image size is ca. 22.6 x 17.8 inch.
Map : ‘Obsidio St Geertruydenbergae ….’ (Map of the siege of Geertruidenberg, 1593.) This map shows the siege of Geertruidenberg in the Dutch province of Brabant and includes the town of Raamsdonk / Raamsdondveer. From a German edition of ‘Atlas Novus’, W.& J. Blaeu, 1635.Artists and Engravers: Willem Janszoon Blaeu was born 1571 in Alkmaar. He was trained from 1594 to 1596 by the famous danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. 1599 he went to Amsterdam and founded a business as globe maker. Later he started producing map and sea charts, including his first world map in 1605. In 1633 he was appointed Hydrographer for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). His most famous work was the “Atlas Novus” or “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum sive Atlas Novus” of 1635, which was published until 1655 in total six volumes. After Blaeu’s death in 1638 his sons Joan and Cornelis continued the businees and finished the “Atlas Novus” and started an even larger work, the “Atlas Maior”, which reached 12 volumes. In 1672 a fire destroyed the printing house and a year later Joan died. Some of the surviving plates where bought by F. de Wit and Schenk & Valk. The business was closed finally in 1695.
Condition: Fair, given age. Original middle fold as issued. Tear in the bottom of the middle fold, restored with acid-free archival tape. General age-related toning and occasional light stains from handling. Please study image carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE MAP-ST GEERTRUIDENBERG-NETHERLANDS-BLAEU