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Name Blaeu, Willem
Other names Willem Janszoon Blaeu
Life Dates 1571-1638
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Cartographer, Astronomer, Publisher, Printer
Role Cartographer

Associated Records

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Map Collection - 2014.17.32

"Utriusque Castiliae nova descriptio," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving heightened with gold, map by Willem Blaeu A map of Castile, Spain, including the cities of Cordova, Toledo, Madrid and Cartagena.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.21

"Zurichgow et Basiliensis provincia," Amsterdam, 1643, hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu A map of the northern part of Switzerland, showing the course of the Rhine and its tributaries to north of Basel, and including Zurich, Schaffhausen, and Solothurn.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.12

"Granata et Murcia Regna," Amsterdam, 1638, hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu A map of Granada and Murcia in southern Spain, with parts of Andalucía, Castile and Valencia to the north, the western Mediterranean and the Barbary coast to the south, galleons engaged in warfare, and the crests of Granada and Murcia along the top edge. The Spanish mainland is shown in some detail, including mountain ranges, rivers and major towns.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.47

"Hungaria Regnum," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu A map of Hungary, with Budapest at its center, but also including parts of Austria with Vienna in the upper left corner.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.13

"Sclavonia, Croatia, Bosnia cum Dalmatiae Parte," Amsterdam, 1643, hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu A map showing the course of the Danube and its tributaries across the northwestern Balkans and the political divisions of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Dalmatia, based on the map issued by Gerard Mercator in the early 1600s. The title is within a mannerist strapwork cartouche upper right, and decorated with the coats of arms of the Venetian Republic, Habsburg Monarchy, and Ottoman Empire along the top edge, reflecting the power struggle that dominated this region at the time. A galleon sails the seas of the Gulf of Venice lower left.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.14

"Karstia, Carniola, Histria et Windorum Marchia," Amsterdam, 1643 (first edition published 1635), hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu, after Gerardus Mercator A map of the northern tip of the Adriatic Sea and the Gulf of Venice, present-day northeastern Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, showing mountain ranges, rivers, forests and towns, based on the map issued by Gerard Mercator in the early 1600s.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.18

"Walachia, Servia, Bulgaria, Romania," Amsterdam, 1643, hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu, after Gerard Mercator A map of Bulgaria, including parts of Romania, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Turkey, based on the map issued by Gerard Mercator in the early 1600s, showing Istanbul/Constantinople, all other major towns, waterways and mountains, and the coastline of the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.23

"Alpinae seu Foederatae Rhaetiae Suditarumque ei Terrarum Nova Descriptio," Amsterdam, 1643, engraving, map by Willem Blaeu A map of eastern Switzerland and northern Italy near Lake Como, known as Graubunden, engraved by Evert Symonsz van Hamersveldt, showing the boundaries and fortifications along the Adda River.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.36

"Romagna olim Flaminia," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu A map of the Romagna, which corresponds to the south-eastern portion of present-day Emilia- Romagna. Traditionally, it is limited by the Apennines to the south-west, the Adriatic to the east, and the rivers Reno and Sillaro to the north and west. The region's major cities include Cesena, Faenza, Forli, Imola, Ravenna, Rimini and City of San Marino.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.39

"Saltzburg Archiepiscopatus Carinthia Ducatus," Amsterdam, 1643, hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu A map of the archbishopric of Salzburg and the Duchy of Carinthia. The title, within a banner across the top of the map, acknowledges that the map is based on Gerard Mercator's map of the region published in the early 1600s.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.51

"Ducatus Oswieczensis, et Zatoriensis," Amsterdam, 1662, hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu This map features part of southern Poland north of the Carpathian Mountains and the area to the west of Krakow. All the borders are clearly shown, as is the complex river system, and the Carpathian mountains and forests.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.42

"Sclavonia, Croatia, Bosnia cum Dalmatiae, parte," Amsterdam, 1643, hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu Blaeu's map of the course of the Danube River and its tributaries across the northwestern Balkans was based on a map by Gerard Mercator published in the early 1600s. The borders between the political divisions of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, and Dalmatia are shown. The three coats-of-arms along the top edge of the map represent the Venetian Republic, the Habsburg Monarchy, and the Ottoman Empire, and they reflect the power struggle that dominated this region.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.45

"Walachia, Servia, Bulgaria, Romania," Amsterdam, 1644, hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu This map of the Eastern Balkans is centered on Bulgaria and includes Macedonia, Serbia, the Bosphorus and Constantinople. Based on Gerard Mercator's map of the region published in the early 1600s, it shows the Danube and its tributaries flowing across the map. The title is within an allegorical cartouche decorated with the accoutrements of war and topped with emblem of the Turkish Empire upper left.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.46

"Lusatia superior," Amsterdam, 1644, hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu A map of southwestern Poland, showing the region at the border with Germany and the Czech Republic, with the cities of Lieba, Gorlitz, Dresden, Pirnaw and Prybus.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.52

"Biscaia et Guipuscoa Cantabriae veteris pars, " Amsterdam, 1645, hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu A map showing the coastal Basque country in northern Spain. It includes the cities of Santander, Laredo, Bibao and Bayonne (France) and extends inland to Logrono and Calahorra. Decorated with three galleons under sail in the Bay of Biscay, and two coats-of-arms, one of which is left blank.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.53

"Osnabrugensis episcopatus, " Amsterdam, 1643, hand-colored engraving, original map by Joannes Gigas, published by Willem Blaeu This map of the German province of Hanover is centered on Osnabruck. The large mannerist strapwork and allegorical title cartouche appears lower left and incorporates a view of the city with its many steeples dominating the sky-line, attended by a surveyor. At lower right is an inset of Reckenberg. The map is decorated with a large coat of arms upper right, other small provincial armorials throughout, and a smaller cartouche surrounds the scale. The map was originally drawn by Joannes Gigas (Gigante) for Jodocus Hondius shortly before his death, and this plate wa

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Map Collection - 2014.17.56

"Comitatus Northumbria vernacule Northumberland," Amsterdam, 1645, hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu A map of Northumberland in the northeast of England at the border with Scotland, showing Hadrian's Wall as the "Pictes Wall" from Newcastle to beyond Carlisle.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.57

"Episcopatus Dunelmensis vulgo the Bishoprike of Durham," Amsterdam, 1645, hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu A map of County Durham in the northeast of England, showing the fortified cathedral at Durham, and a landscape full of castles, parklands, forests and mountains. The title is within a banner held aloft by a local shepherd and shepherdess and their sheep, lower right, the scale being measured by a putto, lower left, and decorated by three coats-of-arms, and several galleons and sailing ships.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.64

"Das Wiflispurgergow," Amsterdam, 1644, hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu A detailed map of the southwestern part of Switzerland showing Geneva, Lake Geneva, Lake Neuchatel, Lake Biel, Bern, Freiburg, and Lake Thuner, based on a map by Gerard Mercator published in the early 1600s.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.75

"Mantua Ducatus," Amsterdam, c. 1650, hand-colored engraving, map by Willem Blaeu Map of Mantua, Italy and environs, showing the city surrounded by water, as well as the individual districts, cornfields, rivers, and surrounding towns.