Course of the Dnieper River. [Willem BLAEU after , 1638]



Spectacular and scarce large map showing the course of the Dnieper River from Cherkasy to the estuary on the Black Sea. The map is in strip style with two vertical maps following the course of the river, each decorated with cartouches and compass roses and including numerous lengthy notations describing the cataracts, cities, salt mines, fortresses, and the historical traditions of the Kozaks. Putti flank a large cartouche at bottom. Dutch text on verso.

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Copperplate engraving/etching with contemporary hand colouring. on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 48,2 x 79,5 cm. Image size: 32 x 75 cm.

Source unknown, to be determined.

Made by Willem Janszoon Blaeu after an anonymous artist. 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: Good, given age. Minor staining in the margins, not affecting image. An occasional tiny spot. A few minor crinkles. Original folds as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.



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Dimensions 48 × 48 × 1 cm


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