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BLAEU, W. - Picardia Regio Belgica.

BLAEU, W. -  Picardia Regio Belgica.
BLAEU, W. - Picardia Regio Belgica.
Date: Amsterdam, 1634
Size: 380 x 532 mm.
Colouring: Uncoloured.
Condition: Map is light age toned with a spot in the lower margin. Strong impression, otherwise in good condition. German text to verso.


First edition, first issue from this German edition of Blaeu's map of the northern region of Picardy. The region is well known due to the 4 major battles fought between France, Britain and Germany between 1915-18 during World War I. This lovely map has three delightful and most decorative cartouches, that balance the map superbly. 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". Jean Surhon, cartographer, goldsmith and engraver, originaaly drew this map in 1557.

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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