Map re-print of Joan Blaeu’s ornate new World Map: Nova et accuratissima totius terrarum orbis tabula (“New and most accurate map of the whole world”) first published in the first volume of his eleven-volume Atlas Maior, published in Amsterdam in 1662.
This is more than just a world map, it is a poetic representation of earth’s place in the cosmos and in time.
Historians believe that Blaeu
derived the geographical content used here from earlier maps, including the famous world maps by Nicolaas Visscher.
This style of hemisphere projection was very popular in the 17th century because it clearly illustrated earth’s sphericity but also because it allowed for plenty of room in the margins for decorative elements and illustrations.
In the upper margin, Blaeu depicted allegorical representations of the planets. At the centre is Apollo, the Sun god next to which are Mercury and Venus; the map represents earth itself with the Moon as a cherub. The king of the gods, Jupiter is wearing a crown, to the left and on the opposite side of the world map are the gods Mars and Saturn.
At the bottom of the map, much like Goos’s world map, we find the four seasons which link to earth’s temporality and annual orbit around the sun.
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- High quality resolution for the best legibility.
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