1649 – W. J. Blaeu – Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis


Title:                      “Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula auct: Guiljelmo Blaeuw.”

This Blaeu’s world map is one of the foremost examples of ornamentation and decoration during the Golden Age of Dutch cartography. Across the top the engraver placed allegorical representations of the sun and moon as well as the five known planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The four basic elements: Fire, Air, Water, and Land are illustrated on the left panel, while the four seasons are depicted on the right panel. The seven wonders of the ancient world are displayed in the oval insets along the bottom margin: the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Colossus straddling the harbor at Rhodes, the Pyramids, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus at Cairo, the Temple of Diana, the Statue of Jupiter and the lighthouse at Alexandria. This is the fourth state of the map.

Comes from Willem Janszoon Blaeu rare Dutch language edition atlas “Atlas Major” published in Amsterdam 1649.

Map Maker:      Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571 – 1638)
Sheet size:          59,3 x 46,1 cm
Date:​                    1649
Technique:         copper engraving

Good condition. Small lower center fold separation restored.

This is an original antique map published circa 1649 and NOT a modern copy or reprint


On your request I will provide a Certificate of Authenticity

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