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Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  De Rivier van Kola en het Eijlandt Kildijn . . .

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Title: De Rivier van Kola en het Eijlandt Kildijn . . .

Map Maker: Willem Janszoon Blaeu

Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1623

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 14 x 10 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $575.00

Inventory ID: 0087gh


First edition of Blaeu's chart of part of Lapland, near Murmansk, from Blaeu's Zeespiegel, Inhoudende Een Karte Onderwijsinghe in de Konst de Zeevaert, en Eene beschrijvinghe der Seekusten van de Oostersche, Noordsche, en Westersche Schipvaert.

The map shows the navigation from the sea to include extensive soundings, anchorages, rhumb lines and several compass roses.

Blaeu' Zeespiegel was one of the most important Rutters or Sea-Atlases of its time.  Willem Janszoon Blaeu published two great pilot guides: the first (Het Licht der Zee-vaert) was published in various editions and languages between 1608 and 1630.  Blaeu's copyright to this work appears to have run out in 1618, and from 1620 Johannes Janssonius was publishing his own versions. Blaeu responded to this threat from his publishing rival by the publishing his Zeespiegel in 1623.  The work covers much the same coastal regions, but does so in much greater detail, with larger scale maps.  The Zeespiegel expanded the number of charts to 111 (the Zee-Vaert had only 42). 

Blaeu's work would become the proto-type of the Dutch pilot-book in the 17th Century and went through a number of editions between 1623 and 1652.  All editions of the Zeespiegel are rare, despite its wide circulation, their constant use on board ship insuring that few copies survived.

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