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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1645-[46]
410 x 520 mm., early outline colour.
ex 'Novus Atlas'. Joan Blaeu (1598-1673) is one of the most famous of the Dutch cartographers. The fourth volume of his atlas focused on England and Wales. Blaeu established his firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. From the Dutch text edition of 1646 issued one year after initial publication. Chambers no. 11; Skelton 28; Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 5270:2 & 5271:2; Wyatt no. 10.
Stock number:3425.
£ 295.00 ( approx. $US 383.91 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1645-[62]
410 x 520 mm., in early wash colour with extensive additional gilt and silver decoration, in good condition.
This map of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire is by Joan Blaeu (1598-1673), arguably the most famous of the Dutch cartographers. Here it is offered in EXTRA FINE COLOURING WITH EXTENSIVE USE OF GOLD. During the seventeenth century the Dutch held a dominant position in the production of high quality atlases. One of the more visual aspects of this was the reputation of its colourists. At its peak certain colourists began to produce work of an exceptional nature. Arguably the most famous of these was Dirk Jansz. Van Santen (1637/38-1708). Goedings made a study of his work in 1992. Although we are not stating that this is an example of his colouring many of his traits are repeated in this work. Goedings reports that “Fontaine Verwey is of the opinion that Van Santen coloured atlases in three different ways: colouring without gold; gold just for the legends, cartouches, coats of-arms and decorative motifs of a map; and gold on the maps themselves, for frontiers, cities, etc.”. About the only trait not found in this collection of maps is that of extending the foreground or background of the cartouches.The style of colouring is described by Goedings as “signified by rich and exotic colour combinations, added elements such as flowers to clothing, marbling to masonry”. He “applied transparent and opaque colours at the same time in both mixed and pure tints. He often painted the whole surface of the map or illustration, transforming the graphic light and dark contrasts into colour … He applied his characteristic shiny varnish, this had the effect of brightening the colour, frequently making use of the same colour progression … His use of colour was much freer than that of other colourists. The tone of the colours was made to complement the gold he used so lavishly. In his best work two other costly pigments, ultramarine and carmine are found in large amounts, mostly set against gold. Ultramarine and gold were a very popular colour combination in the seventeenth century … Moreover, he added elements to the design, such as patterns and flower motifs to the clothing of figures, veining of stones or map frontier lines … Van Santen applied transparent and opaque colours at the same time in both mixed and pure tints … Above all things Van Santen distinguished himself from his contemporaries in his lavish use of gold which he applied meticulously. On maps he applied gold not only to the decorative motifs, the legends, cartouches and coats-of-arms, but he also worked it decoratively into the map itself.”Goedings goes on to describe Van Santens use of 'shell gold'. “Gold leaf was available in small booklets of approximately 5 x 5 centimetres containing a number of very thin sheets of gold. A 17th century method of making shell gold from gold leaf was to grind it on a rubbing stone along with honey, water and salt and then to wash it in very clean water. The small amount of liquid gold was then placed in a shell and vinegar was added to it. The vinegar assured a good consistency … Needless to say, this high quality shell gold was very expensive and must have been paid for by the customers of large, prestigious projects, as in the case of Van der Hem. Seventeenth century instructions for applying gold to paper have been preserved and give an indication of the complexity of this treatment. In all likelihood, Van Santen had developed his own method for applying gold to paper … As far as one can tell with the naked eye, he first put on a yellow base before using a brush to apply the gold. Scientific tests might make it possible to determine more about Van Santen's characteristic use of material, particularly about his use of gold. This could make it easier to identify his work.” All of these traits can be seen on these particular examples, however we cannot say who the colourist is.Joan Blaeu's father Willem established his firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. This example is from the rare final Spanish text issue of the 'Atlas Major' whose production was interrupted by the great fire at the Blaeu publishing house in 1672. Chambers no. 11; Goedings, Truusje (1992) 'Master Colourist Dirk Jansz. Van Santen 1637/38-1708'; Koeman Bl 60A p. 281; Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 5270:2 & 5271:2; Skelton (1970) 28 & 73; Wyatt no. 10.
Stock number:8853.
£ 495.00 ( approx. $US 644.19 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1645.
41 x 53 cms., in magnificent early outline colour with full wash coloured cartouches.
From the 'Novus Atlas'. Joan Blaeu (1598-1673) is one of the most famous of the Dutch cartographers. The fourth volume of his atlas focused on England and Wales. Blaeu established his firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. The lower right depicts a pleasant scene of a gentleman using a pair of dividers presumably on a map held up by a cherub. Skelton 28; Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 5560:2.
Stock number:3851.
£ 450.00 ( approx. $US 585.63 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1645
410 x 530 mm., early wash colour, slight lower centrefold split, repaired, very minor paper crease, otherwise in good condition.
This map is generally considered one of the most decorative maps of the British Isles ever published. It is derived from that of John Speed first published in 1611 (offered elsewhere in this catalogue), that by Joan Blaeu is usually in the most magnificent original colour. It depicts Britain at the time of the Saxon Kingdoms displaying their boundaries and coats of arms. The seven kingdoms are Northumbria, Mercia, East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Sussex and Wessex. With an ornate title cartouche, the map is adorned by superb side panels illustrating the history of the Anglo-Saxon period. Blaeu’s first topographical atlas appeared in 1630 in one volume and was gradually expanded. By 1640 the ‘Atlas Novus’ as it was then entitled was in three volumes and contained just 4 British Isles maps. His chief rival, the Hondius-Jansson atlas contained 18 maps. Both joined in a race to make their fourth volumes a complete atlas of the British Isles. Blaeu was first, publishing his magnificent work in 1645, one year before that of Jansson’s. The work of Blaeu set a standard of design, beauty and quality that arguably has never been surpassed. The most desirable map in the volume is this one offered here. Shirley (1991) 549; Krogt (1997-2010) 5000H:2B; Skelton (1970) 28.
Stock number:7717.
£ 1850.00 ( approx. $US 2407.59 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1645
38 x 50 cm. Early outline wash colour. Slight split to upper centrefold. Some paper thinning. Some ink staines to text on reverse.
ex 'Atlas Novus'.
Stock number:2654.
£ 250.00 ( approx. $US 325.35 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1645-[48]
420 x 525 mm., in early outline colour, in good condition.
Willem Blaeu established the firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. His first topographical atlas appeared in 1630 in one volume and was gradually expanded. By 1640 the 'Novus Atlas' by his Joan Blaeu (1598-1673) was in three volumes and contained just 4 British Isles maps. His chief rival, the Hondius-Jansson atlas contained 18 maps. Both joined a race to make their fourth volumes a complete atlas of the British Isles. Blaeu was first, publishing his magnificent work in 1645, one year before that of Jansson’s. The work of Blaeu set a standard of design, beauty and quality that arguably has never been surpassed. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. This map is one of the most desirable in the atlas covering the county of Cambridgeshire. The Arms of Cambridge University Colleges are along the sides along with their dates of founding. An ornate title cartouche bears the Royal Arms to its left. This is an early example from 1648 with German text. Koeman Bl47D; Skelton 28 & 44; Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 5300:2.
Stock number:9009.
£ 575.00 ( approx. $US 748.30 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1645
380 x 500 mm. in early outline colour, in good condition.
Joan Blaeu (1598-1673) is one of the most famous of the Dutch cartographers. The fourth volume of his atlas focused on England and Wales. Blaeu established his firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. This fine map of Kent has French text on the verso.
Stock number:8160.
£ 575.00 ( approx. $US 748.30 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1645-[62]
385 x 505 mm., in SUPERB early outline colour with extensive additional gilt decoration and blue wash to the sea, with large margins, in very good condition.
This map of Cardiganshire is by Joan Blaeu (1598-1673), arguably the most famous of the Dutch cartographers. Here it is offered in EXTRA FINE COLOURING WITH EXTENSIVE USE OF GOLD. During the seventeenth century the Dutch held a dominant position in the production of high quality atlases. One of the more visual aspects of this was the reputation of its colourists. At its peak certain colourists began to produce work of an exceptional nature. Arguably the most famous of these was Dirk Jansz. Van Santen (1637/38-1708). Goedings made a study of his work in 1992. Although we are not stating that this is an example of his colouring many of his traits are repeated in this work. Goedings reports that “Fontaine Verwey is of the opinion that Van Santen coloured atlases in three different ways: colouring without gold; gold just for the legends, cartouches, coats of-arms and decorative motifs of a map; and gold on the maps themselves, for frontiers, cities, etc.”. About the only trait not found in this collection of maps is that of extending the foreground or background of the cartouches.The style of colouring is described by Goedings as “signified by rich and exotic colour combinations, added elements such as flowers to clothing, marbling to masonry”. He “applied transparent and opaque colours at the same time in both mixed and pure tints. He often painted the whole surface of the map or illustration, transforming the graphic light and dark contrasts into colour … He applied his characteristic shiny varnish, this had the effect of brightening the colour, frequently making use of the same colour progression … His use of colour was much freer than that of other colourists. The tone of the colours was made to complement the gold he used so lavishly. In his best work two other costly pigments, ultramarine and carmine are found in large amounts, mostly set against gold. Ultramarine and gold were a very popular colour combination in the seventeenth century … Moreover, he added elements to the design, such as patterns and flower motifs to the clothing of figures, veining of stones or map frontier lines … Van Santen applied transparent and opaque colours at the same time in both mixed and pure tints … Above all things Van Santen distinguished himself from his contemporaries in his lavish use of gold which he applied meticulously. On maps he applied gold not only to the decorative motifs, the legends, cartouches and coats-of-arms, but he also worked it decoratively into the map itself.”Goedings goes on to describe Van Santens use of 'shell gold'. “Gold leaf was available in small booklets of approximately 5 x 5 centimetres containing a number of very thin sheets of gold. A 17th century method of making shell gold from gold leaf was to grind it on a rubbing stone along with honey, water and salt and then to wash it in very clean water. The small amount of liquid gold was then placed in a shell and vinegar was added to it. The vinegar assured a good consistency … Needless to say, this high quality shell gold was very expensive and must have been paid for by the customers of large, prestigious projects, as in the case of Van der Hem. Seventeenth century instructions for applying gold to paper have been preserved and give an indication of the complexity of this treatment. In all likelihood, Van Santen had developed his own method for applying gold to paper … As far as one can tell with the naked eye, he first put on a yellow base before using a brush to apply the gold. Scientific tests might make it possible to determine more about Van Santen's characteristic use of material, particularly about his use of gold. This could make it easier to identify his work.” All of these traits can be seen on these particular examples, however we cannot say who the colourist is.Joan Blaeu's father Willem established his firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. This example is from the rare final Spanish text issue of the 'Atlas Major' whose production was interrupted by the great fire at the Blaeu publishing house in 1672. Booth (1977) pp. 44-8; Goedings, Truusje (1992) 'Master Colourist Dirk Jansz. Van Santen 1637/38-1708'; Koeman Bl 60A p. 281; Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 5540:2; Skelton (1970) 28 & 73.
Stock number:8876.
£ 450.00 ( approx. $US 585.63 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1645
385 x 505 mm., early outline colour in good condition.
Joan Blaeu (1598-1673) is one of the most famous of the Dutch cartographers. The fourth volume of his 'Novus Atlas' first published in 1645 focused on England and Wales. Blaeu established his firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. This very decorative map of Cardigan is from the French text edition of 1645, it was re-issued in 1646 and 1648 with the same text setting. Booth (1977) pp. 44-8; Koeman Bl 42A 342; Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 5540:2; Skelton (1970) 28.
Stock number:9002.
£ 250.00 ( approx. $US 325.35 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1645-[62]
380 x 505 mm., in SUPERB early wash colour with extensive additional gilt and silver decoration and blue wash to the sea, in very good condition.
This map of Cheshire is by Joan Blaeu (1598-1673), arguably the most famous of the Dutch cartographers. Here it is offered in EXTRA FINE COLOURING WITH EXTENSIVE USE OF GOLD. During the seventeenth century the Dutch held a dominant position in the production of high quality atlases. One of the more visual aspects of this was the reputation of its colourists. At its peak certain colourists began to produce work of an exceptional nature. Arguably the most famous of these was Dirk Jansz. Van Santen (1637/38-1708). Goedings made a study of his work in 1992. Although we are not stating that this is an example of his colouring many of his traits are repeated in this work. Goedings reports that “Fontaine Verwey is of the opinion that Van Santen coloured atlases in three different ways: colouring without gold; gold just for the legends, cartouches, coats of-arms and decorative motifs of a map; and gold on the maps themselves, for frontiers, cities, etc.”. About the only trait not found in this collection of maps is that of extending the foreground or background of the cartouches.The style of colouring is described by Goedings as “signified by rich and exotic colour combinations, added elements such as flowers to clothing, marbling to masonry”. He “applied transparent and opaque colours at the same time in both mixed and pure tints. He often painted the whole surface of the map or illustration, transforming the graphic light and dark contrasts into colour … He applied his characteristic shiny varnish, this had the effect of brightening the colour, frequently making use of the same colour progression … His use of colour was much freer than that of other colourists. The tone of the colours was made to complement the gold he used so lavishly. In his best work two other costly pigments, ultramarine and carmine are found in large amounts, mostly set against gold. Ultramarine and gold were a very popular colour combination in the seventeenth century … Moreover, he added elements to the design, such as patterns and flower motifs to the clothing of figures, veining of stones or map frontier lines … Van Santen applied transparent and opaque colours at the same time in both mixed and pure tints … Above all things Van Santen distinguished himself from his contemporaries in his lavish use of gold which he applied meticulously. On maps he applied gold not only to the decorative motifs, the legends, cartouches and coats-of-arms, but he also worked it decoratively into the map itself.”Goedings goes on to describe Van Santens use of 'shell gold'. “Gold leaf was available in small booklets of approximately 5 x 5 centimetres containing a number of very thin sheets of gold. A 17th century method of making shell gold from gold leaf was to grind it on a rubbing stone along with honey, water and salt and then to wash it in very clean water. The small amount of liquid gold was then placed in a shell and vinegar was added to it. The vinegar assured a good consistency … Needless to say, this high quality shell gold was very expensive and must have been paid for by the customers of large, prestigious projects, as in the case of Van der Hem. Seventeenth century instructions for applying gold to paper have been preserved and give an indication of the complexity of this treatment. In all likelihood, Van Santen had developed his own method for applying gold to paper … As far as one can tell with the naked eye, he first put on a yellow base before using a brush to apply the gold. Scientific tests might make it possible to determine more about Van Santen's characteristic use of material, particularly about his use of gold. This could make it easier to identify his work.” All of these traits can be seen on these particular examples, however we cannot say who the colourist is.Joan Blaeu's father Willem established his firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. This example is from the rare final Spanish text issue of the 'Atlas Major' whose production was interrupted by the great fire at the Blaeu publishing house in 1672. Goedings, Truusje (1992) 'Master Colourist Dirk Jansz. Van Santen 1637/38-1708'; Koeman Bl 60A p. 281; Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 5360:2; Skelton (1970) 28 & 73.
Stock number:8854.
£ 1250.00 ( approx. $US 1626.75 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, c.1650
410 x 500 mm., fine early outline colour with Dutch text to the verso, in good condition.
Joan Blaeu (1598-1673) is one of the most famous of the Dutch cartographers. The fourth volume of his 'Novus Atlas' focused on England and Wales. Willem Blaeu established the firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. Skelton 28; Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 5315:2.
Stock number:5551.
£ 350.00 ( approx. $US 455.49 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, c.1650
380 x 500 mm., early outline colour with Latin text to the verso, minor paper crease upper centrefold otherwise in good condition.
Joan Blaeu (1598-1673) is one of the most famous of the Dutch cartographers. The fourth volume of his 'Novus Atlas' focused on England and Wales. Willem Blaeu established the firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. Skelton 28; Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 5355:2.
Stock number:5718.
£ 375.00 ( approx. $US 488.02 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, c.1650
380 x 500 mm., early outline colour with Dutch text to the verso, with generous margins and in good condition.
Joan Blaeu (1598-1673) is one of the most famous of the Dutch cartographers. The fourth volume of his 'Novus Atlas' focused on England and Wales. Willem Blaeu established the firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. Beaton pp. 25-7; Skelton 28; Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 5240:2.
Stock number:8033.
£ 550.00 ( approx. $US 715.77 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1645-[62]
380 x 500 mm., in SUPERB early outline colour with extensive additional gilt and silver decoration and blue wash to the sea, in good condition.
This map of Dorset is by Joan Blaeu (1598-1673), arguably the most famous of the Dutch cartographers. Here it is offered in EXTRA FINE COLOURING WITH EXTENSIVE USE OF GOLD. During the seventeenth century the Dutch held a dominant position in the production of high quality atlases. One of the more visual aspects of this was the reputation of its colourists. At its peak certain colourists began to produce work of an exceptional nature. Arguably the most famous of these was Dirk Jansz. Van Santen (1637/38-1708). Goedings made a study of his work in 1992. Although we are not stating that this is an example of his colouring many of his traits are repeated in this work. Goedings reports that “Fontaine Verwey is of the opinion that Van Santen coloured atlases in three different ways: colouring without gold; gold just for the legends, cartouches, coats of-arms and decorative motifs of a map; and gold on the maps themselves, for frontiers, cities, etc.”. About the only trait not found in this collection of maps is that of extending the foreground or background of the cartouches.The style of colouring is described by Goedings as “signified by rich and exotic colour combinations, added elements such as flowers to clothing, marbling to masonry”. He “applied transparent and opaque colours at the same time in both mixed and pure tints. He often painted the whole surface of the map or illustration, transforming the graphic light and dark contrasts into colour … He applied his characteristic shiny varnish, this had the effect of brightening the colour, frequently making use of the same colour progression … His use of colour was much freer than that of other colourists. The tone of the colours was made to complement the gold he used so lavishly. In his best work two other costly pigments, ultramarine and carmine are found in large amounts, mostly set against gold. Ultramarine and gold were a very popular colour combination in the seventeenth century … Moreover, he added elements to the design, such as patterns and flower motifs to the clothing of figures, veining of stones or map frontier lines … Van Santen applied transparent and opaque colours at the same time in both mixed and pure tints … Above all things Van Santen distinguished himself from his contemporaries in his lavish use of gold which he applied meticulously. On maps he applied gold not only to the decorative motifs, the legends, cartouches and coats-of-arms, but he also worked it decoratively into the map itself.”Goedings goes on to describe Van Santens use of 'shell gold'. “Gold leaf was available in small booklets of approximately 5 x 5 centimetres containing a number of very thin sheets of gold. A 17th century method of making shell gold from gold leaf was to grind it on a rubbing stone along with honey, water and salt and then to wash it in very clean water. The small amount of liquid gold was then placed in a shell and vinegar was added to it. The vinegar assured a good consistency … Needless to say, this high quality shell gold was very expensive and must have been paid for by the customers of large, prestigious projects, as in the case of Van der Hem. Seventeenth century instructions for applying gold to paper have been preserved and give an indication of the complexity of this treatment. In all likelihood, Van Santen had developed his own method for applying gold to paper … As far as one can tell with the naked eye, he first put on a yellow base before using a brush to apply the gold. Scientific tests might make it possible to determine more about Van Santen's characteristic use of material, particularly about his use of gold. This could make it easier to identify his work.” All of these traits can be seen on these particular examples, however we cannot say who the colourist is.Joan Blaeu's father Willem established his firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. This example is from the rare final Spanish text issue of the 'Atlas Major' whose production was interrupted by the great fire at the Blaeu publishing house in 1672. Beaton pp. 25-7; Goedings, Truusje (1992) 'Master Colourist Dirk Jansz. Van Santen 1637/38-1708'; Koeman Bl 60A p. 281; Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 5240:2; Skelton (1970) 28 & 73.
Stock number:8857.
£ 1100.00 ( approx. $US 1431.54 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1645
380 x 510 mm., early outline colour in good condition.
Joan Blaeu (1598-1673) is one of the most famous of the Dutch cartographers. The fourth volume of his 'Novus Atlas' focused on England and Wales. Blaeu established his firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. This very decorative map of Brecon is from the French text edition of 1645, it was re-issued in 1646 and 1648 with the same text setting. Booth (1977) pp. 44-8; Koeman 42A 338; Skelton 28; Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 5525:2.
Stock number:9001.
£ 195.00 ( approx. $US 253.77 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1645-[62]
390 x 505 mm., in SUPERB early wash colour with extensive additional gilt and silver decoration and blue wash to the sea, in good condition.
This map of Cornwall is by Joan Blaeu (1598-1673), arguably the most famous of the Dutch cartographers. Here it is offered in EXTRA FINE COLOURING WITH EXTENSIVE USE OF GOLD. During the seventeenth century the Dutch held a dominant position in the production of high quality atlases. One of the more visual aspects of this was the reputation of its colourists. At its peak certain colourists began to produce work of an exceptional nature. Arguably the most famous of these was Dirk Jansz. Van Santen (1637/38-1708). Goedings made a study of his work in 1992. Although we are not stating that this is an example of his colouring many of his traits are repeated in this work. Goedings reports that “Fontaine Verwey is of the opinion that Van Santen coloured atlases in three different ways: colouring without gold; gold just for the legends, cartouches, coats of-arms and decorative motifs of a map; and gold on the maps themselves, for frontiers, cities, etc.”. About the only trait not found in this collection of maps is that of extending the foreground or background of the cartouches.The style of colouring is described by Goedings as “signified by rich and exotic colour combinations, added elements such as flowers to clothing, marbling to masonry”. He “applied transparent and opaque colours at the same time in both mixed and pure tints. He often painted the whole surface of the map or illustration, transforming the graphic light and dark contrasts into colour … He applied his characteristic shiny varnish, this had the effect of brightening the colour, frequently making use of the same colour progression … His use of colour was much freer than that of other colourists. The tone of the colours was made to complement the gold he used so lavishly. In his best work two other costly pigments, ultramarine and carmine are found in large amounts, mostly set against gold. Ultramarine and gold were a very popular colour combination in the seventeenth century … Moreover, he added elements to the design, such as patterns and flower motifs to the clothing of figures, veining of stones or map frontier lines … Van Santen applied transparent and opaque colours at the same time in both mixed and pure tints … Above all things Van Santen distinguished himself from his contemporaries in his lavish use of gold which he applied meticulously. On maps he applied gold not only to the decorative motifs, the legends, cartouches and coats-of-arms, but he also worked it decoratively into the map itself.”Goedings goes on to describe Van Santens use of 'shell gold'. “Gold leaf was available in small booklets of approximately 5 x 5 centimetres containing a number of very thin sheets of gold. A 17th century method of making shell gold from gold leaf was to grind it on a rubbing stone along with honey, water and salt and then to wash it in very clean water. The small amount of liquid gold was then placed in a shell and vinegar was added to it. The vinegar assured a good consistency … Needless to say, this high quality shell gold was very expensive and must have been paid for by the customers of large, prestigious projects, as in the case of Van der Hem. Seventeenth century instructions for applying gold to paper have been preserved and give an indication of the complexity of this treatment. In all likelihood, Van Santen had developed his own method for applying gold to paper … As far as one can tell with the naked eye, he first put on a yellow base before using a brush to apply the gold. Scientific tests might make it possible to determine more about Van Santen's characteristic use of material, particularly about his use of gold. This could make it easier to identify his work.” All of these traits can be seen on these particular examples, however we cannot say who the colourist is.Joan Blaeu's father Willem established his firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. This example is from the rare final Spanish text issue of the 'Atlas Major' whose production was interrupted by the great fire at the Blaeu publishing house in 1672. Upper left are the arms of the Dukes and Earls of the county. The cartouche is flanked by fish and bars of tin, the most important trading commodities of the county. Goedings, Truusje (1992) 'Master Colourist Dirk Jansz. Van Santen 1637/38-1708'; Koeman Bl 60A p. 281; Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 5255:2; Quixley 12; Skelton (1970) 28 & 73.
Stock number:8855.
£ 1250.00 ( approx. $US 1626.75 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1645-[46]
39 x 50 cms., early outline colour
ex 'Novus Atlas'. Joan Blaeu (1598-1673) is one of the most famous of the Dutch cartographers. The fourth volume of his atlas focused on England and Wales. Blaeu established his firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. From the Dutch text edition of 1646 issued one year after initial publication. Skelton 28
Stock number:3495.
£ 500.00 ( approx. $US 650.70 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1645-[48]
390 x 500 mm., early outline colour and in good condition.
Willem Blaeu established the firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. His first topographical atlas appeared in 1630 in one volume and was gradually expanded. By 1640 the 'Novus Atlas' by his Joan Blaeu (1598-1673) was in three volumes and contained just 4 British Isles maps. His chief rival, the Hondius-Jansson atlas contained 18 maps. Both joined a race to make their fourth volumes a complete atlas of the British Isles. Blaeu was first, publishing his magnificent work in 1645, one year before that of Jansson’s. The work of Blaeu set a standard of design, beauty and quality that arguably has never been surpassed. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. This map of Derbyshire bears the arms of nobles in the county along with the Royal Coat of Arms. The title cartouche lower left is particularly attractive. This is an early example from 1648 with German text. Koeman Bl47D; Skelton 28 & 44.
Stock number:9010.
£ 500.00 ( approx. $US 650.70 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, c.1640
260 x 360 mm., with some light age-toning, some text show through from the verso, small rust hole expertly repaired, one or two minor marginal nicks, otherwise a good example.
Willem Jansz. Blaeu is one of the greatest Dutch cartographers of all time. It is little known that he began his atlas productions by publishing sea atlases. His first work was the Het Licht der Zee-Vaert, 1608. Jan Jansson entered the market in 1620 by publishing a rival atlas and in response Blaeu published the Zeespiegel or The Sea – Beacon, in 1623. It was a greatly expanded atlas with maps at a larger scale than before. A rare chart of the south coast from the Zeespiegel or The Sea – Beacon, depicting the Sussex coast between Arundel and Rye just extending to Romney. Koeman (1967-70) IV M.Bl 28 no. 70.
Stock number:3634.
£ 480.00 ( approx. $US 624.67 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1623-[55]
260 x 360 mm., in early outline colour with wash to the coats of arms, unfolded with good margins and in excellent condition.
Willem Jansz. Blaeu is one of the greatest Dutch cartographers of all time. It is little known that he began his production of atlases by publishing those of the sea. His first work was the 'Het Licht der Zee-Vaert', 1608. Jan Jansson entered the market in 1620 by publishing a rival atlas and in response Blaeu published the 'Zeespiegel' or 'The Sea – Beacon', in 1623. It was a greatly expanded atlas with maps at a larger scale than before. A very rare chart of the North Sea displaying the coastlines of England, Scotland, the Low Countries, Denmark and Norway. The chart is paginated '31' in the lower right corner and is unfolded with very generous margins. This indicates that the example is from the 'Groote Zee-spiegel' which was a larger format issue of the atlas in 1655 which enabled the charts to be bound unfolded. Ginsberg 'Sea Charts of Norway 1585-1812' p. 44 2B:16, illust. p. 47; Koeman (1967-70) IV M.Bl 28 no. 32 pp. 78-84, 102.
Stock number:8766.
£ 1850.00 ( approx. $US 2407.59 )
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