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Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  De Eijlanden Tenerifa Palma Gomera en Ferro

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Title: De Eijlanden Tenerifa Palma Gomera en Ferro

Map Maker: Willem Janszoon Blaeu

Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1624 ca

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 14.5 x 10.5 inches

Condition: VG+

Price: $1,400.00

Inventory ID: 45468


Rare sea chart of the Canary Islands, from Blaeu's Sea Atlas.

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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