Koln: Taschen, 2005. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Introduction and Texts by Peter van der Krogt. Based on the copy in the Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna. With a selection of original texts by Joan Blaeu. Directed and produced by Benedikt Taschen. Illustrated throughout in full color, with several folding plates. Koln: Taschen, 2005. The finest and most comprehensive baroque atlas was Johann Blaeu's exceptional Atlas Major, completed in 1662. The original 11-volume Latin edition, containing 593 maps, put Blaeu ahead of his staunch competitor, mapmaker Johannes Janssonius, whose rivalry inspired Blaeu to produce a grandiose edition of the largest and most complete atlas to date. Covering Arctica, Europe, Africa, Asia, and America, Blaeu's Atlas Major was a remarkable achievement and remains to this day one of history's finest examples of mapmaking. This reprint is made from the National Library of Vienna's complete, colored, gold-heightened copy, thus assuring the best possible detail and quality. Folio. Original pictorial boards. A fine, as new copy in a fine dust jacket. (Inventory #: 64280)
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