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BLAEU, W. - Belsia, Vulgo La Beausse.

BLAEU, W. -  Belsia, Vulgo La Beausse.
BLAEU, W. - Belsia, Vulgo La Beausse.
Date: Amsterdam, 1634
Size: 385 x 500 mm.
Colouring: Uncoloured.
Condition: Minor marginal water staining on top margin, light discolouration to centerfold. Strong impression. Else fine. German text to verso.


FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF THIS MAP. From the 1634 edition of Blaeu's Atlas Novus, the first edition of this work.
Decorative map showing the environs north-west of Paris with beautiful cartouches.
In the left-hand lower portion of the map a beautiful cartouche is engraved depicting the Goddess Ceres [agriculture] holding a reaping-hook in her right hand. With her left hand she receives the ribbons of two wyvern dragons pulling a cart filled with grain from the Roman god of agriculture Saturn.
In the upper right-hand corner a coats of arm with three lilies and a coronet. The image is also decorated with five cherubs[messengers of the gods].

From early on Willem Jansz. Blaeu aimed of publishing an atlas to compete with the Hondius-Jansson Atlas. By 1630, he had published at least 17 folio size maps.
Blaeu was able to realize his plan soon after he had acquired the copper plates of the atlas maps by Jodocus Hondius. The "Appendix followed in 1630.
In 1635 he finally realized a "international edition" of a world atlas, the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum".

From an incomplete example of the 1634 German text edition of Blaeu's "Novus Atlas", previously owned by Johann Christoph Gesen (1639), Johann Rudolph von Metzradt (1651), Friedrich August II, King of Saxony (1797-1854).
P. van der Krogt mentions two variants for the German 1634 text edition and only two examples containing proof states (Bad Münstereifel and Gotha).
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