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Nieuw Vermeerderd en Verbeterd groot Stedeboek van Piemont en van Savoye.
Third Dutch edition on large paper, the plates with excellent dark impressions, handsomely bound in a contemporary Dutch binding. The maps, plans, bird's-eye-views, topographicalviews, plates of monuments and architectural highlights cover every major town and city in the region, including Turin, Nice, Asti, Cuneo, Novara, Vercelli, Alessandria and Savona.
2 volumes in 2 parts in 4 volumes, folio (59 x 37 cm). Large paper. Dutch text. 4 letterpress titles printed in red and black, 4 engraved titles in 3rd state, 4 engraved portraits, one of which double-page, engraved plate of coat-of- arms, double-page genealogical table, 136 engraved maps, plans, bird's-eye views, or plates, together with the additional single-page plate of the monument to Charles Emmanuel II on the Voie Sarde, engraved head- and tailpieces and initials (occasional very light and insignificant browning, a few plates with some scattered light spotting confined to extreme margins).
Contemporary Dutch mottled calf, three gilt panels on covers formed by an wide outer border composed of a chained roll sandwiched by fleur-de-lys and palmette rolls, enclosing a narrower lace roll with large cornerpieces composed of volutes and other scrolls terminating in fleur-de-lys, the inner panel formed by a simple chained roll with very small cornerpieces enclosing a gilt lozenge formed from similar tools as those used for the large cornerpieces with the addition of two fans at the sides of the losenge, spine with raised bands forming 9 compartments, morocco labels in second and third, the others filled with gilt corner- and centrepieces and filled with stars, stencilled floral decorative endpapers, gilt edges (extremities rubbed, especially at heads and tails of spines which have some expert repairs).
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Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) was the founder of the famous Amsterdam printing house. After training as a clerk, he changed his profession and turned to the study of mathematics.
In 1594, he went to Denmark and became the assistant of the famous astronomer Tycho Brahe, on the island of Hven. It is with the latter that he learned the theory and practice of astronomical observations, as well as the art of making instruments and globes. In 1596, he returns to Amsterdam where he settles as a globe maker and cartographer. In the same year he married Marten Cornelisdochter with whom he had two children, Joan (1596-1673) and Cornelis (c.1610 - 1645). Willem Janszoon published his first cartographic work in 1599 and his first map in 1604.
He specialized in maritime cartography and was appointed hydrographer of the V.O.C. (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) in 1633. Thirty years after publishing books, maps and other globes, he published his first atlas in 1630, the beginning of a long family tradition of atlas making.
Willem Janszoon Blaeu died in 1638, leaving his prospering business to his sons, Cornelis and Joan. Of Cornelis we only know that his name occurs in the prefaces of books and atlases until c. 1645.
Joan Blaeu (1596-1672) or Joannes Blaeu, was a Dutch cartographer and publisher son of the official cartographer of the Dutch East India Company.
Joan began publishing the Spanish Nuevo Atlas in 1659. Soon after, the name was changed to Atlas Mayor. His famous atlas, which should have contained 12 or 13 volumes for this Spanish edition, was never completed (only 10 volumes), as his printing house was destroyed by fire. Theatrum orbis Terrarum and Atlas Maior are his major works, published in different languages (Latin, French, Dutch, German and Spanish) and editions from 1635 to 1672 (until 1680 for the separate volume editions). His father, Willem Jansz. Blaeu, had gone to Denmark in 1595 to study astronomy with Tycho Brahe. The Blaeu family, with Willem, Joan and his brother Cornelis, is the best known family of cartographers and publishers of the 17th century.
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