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Blaeu's Map of Norfolk

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Blaeu's Map of Norfolk

Date of publication:

  • 1648
  • Place of publication:


  • original
  • Blaeu and the rival Golden Age Dutch cartographic publishing house of Janssonius raced to bring out atlases of the British Isles in the 1630s and early 1640s, which included county maps like this one of Norfolk, to add to their expanding world atlases. 

    The work of the two firms represents Dutch map-making of the highest quality at a time when the Low Countries were at the forefront of the international market.  Read more

    Both Blaeu and Janssonius worked from Elizabethan and Jacobean surveys by Saxton, Speed and others, and based the accompanying text on Camden's Britannia. Distinctive features of English county cartography (such as the enclosures) were retained, as often were the coats of arms of distinguished local historical figures. 

    Blaeu issued the first editions of his British atlas with Latin and French text in 1645, and with Dutch text the following year. It was never printed in English. 

    The Blaeu Atlas was eventually extended to the eleven volume Atlas Major, widely considered to be the most magnificent work of its kind ever published, and issued in various editions between 1662 and the disastrous 1672 fire which destroyed most of the firms copper plates and effectively put them out of business. 

    The Blaeu firm was official cartographer to the Dutch East India Company (VOC), and Blaeu globes were carried on all VOC vessels.  

    Condition & Materials 

    Copper engraving, printed area measurement 38.5 x 50 cm, original hand colour, Latin text on verso, generous margins. 


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