- Willem Blaeu
:"not to be confused with
Willem Janszoon(1570 - 1630), contemporary Dutch navigator and colonial governor"
Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571,
Uitgeestor Alkmaar– Oct 21 1638, Amsterdam), also abbreviated to Willem Jansz. Blaeu, was a Dutch cartographer, atlas maker and publisher.
As the son of a well-to-do
herringsalesman, he was predestined to succeed his father in the trade, but his interests lay more in Mathematicsand Astronomy.Between 1594 and 1596 as a student of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahehe qualified as an instrument and globemaker.
Once he returned to the
Netherlands, he made country maps and world globes, and as he possessed his own printing works, he was able to regularly produce country maps in an atlas format, some of which appeared in the " Atlas Novus" published in 1635. In 1633 he was appointed map-maker of the Dutch East India Company.
He was also an editor and published the works of
Willebrord Snell, Adriaan Metius, Gerhard Johann Vossiusand the historian and poet Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft.
He had two sons, Johannes and Cornelis
Blaeu, who continued their father's mapmaking and publishing business after his death in 1638. Prints of the family's works are still sold today. Original maps are rare collector items.
* [http://galileo.rice.edu/Catalog/NewFiles/blaeu.html Galileo Project facts on Willem Blaeu]
* [http://www.library.ucla.edu/yrl/reference/maps/blaeu/ Volume 1 of "Atlas Novus"]
* [http://nla.gov.au/nla.map-nk10181 Map of Asia]
* [http://www.nls.uk/digitallibrary/map/early/blaeu_w.html Maps of Scotland]
* [http://www.nlib.ee/html/digi/maps/mliiv17-eng.html Map of Livonia] (present-day Estonia and Latvia)
* [http://www.swaen.com/old_map_images.htm?zoomifyImagePath=http://www.swaen.com/os/zoom/22586/ World map by Willem Blaeu] (high resolution zoomable scan)
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