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Title Page Theatrum 1645

There were two Dutch cartographers named Blaeu, Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571 in Alkmaar - 1638 in Amsterdam) and his son Joan Blaeu (1596 in Alkmaar - 1673 in Amsterdam).

Similar to Abraham Ortelius' earlier Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, their atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive, Atlas Novus was published 1635 in two volumes; in 1645 in four volumes; also named en:Atlas Maior in 1662 in 11 volumes, with ca. 600 maps and 3,000 pages of text in Latin.

The Toonneel der Steeden van de Vereenighde Nederlanden (Latin: Novum Ac Magnum Theatrum Urbium Belgicæ Liberæ ac Foederatæ) was published from 1649. At first in two different volumes. One of the liberated (latin: Liberæ) and one of the King's (Dutch: 's Konings) Netherlands.

An even larger project was planned but in 1672 a fire destroyed Joan Blaeu's studio. He died one year after this event.

Europae Septentrionalia & Orientalia, 1645Edit

Germania, 1645Edit

Germania Inferior, 1645Edit

Toonneel der Steden van de Vereenighde Nederlanden, 1649 - 1652Edit

Toonneel der Steden van 's Konings Nederlanden, 1649 - 1651Edit

Atlas of Scotland, 1654Edit