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    William and Joan Blaeu. Group of Five Copper Engraved Colored Maps, including: Territorium Abbatiae Heresfeldensis't Stift Hirschfeldt. [and:] Abruzzo Citra et Ultra. [and:] Iprensis Episcopatus. [and:] Tractus Rheni et Mosae totusq Vahalis a Rhenoberca Gorcomium. [and:] Ducatus Silesiae Schwidnicensis.

    Territorium Abbatiae Heresfeldensis, ca. 1635, 24.5 x 19.25 inches, German text verso, toning and chipping at edges, one dampstain; else very good. Abruzzo Citra et Ultra, ca. 1642, 23.75 x 20 inches, Latin text verso, general toning and chipping at edges, repair and dampstain along fold; else near fine. Iprensis Episcopatus, ca. 1661, 25 x 21.5 inches, Latin text verso, toning and chipping at edges, foxing and light staining; else very good. Tractus Rheni et Mosae, ca. 1645, 23.5 x 19 inches, Dutch text verso, small tear at top along fold, foxing, soiling and general toning; else good. Ducatus Silesiae Schwidnicensis, ca. 1662, 25.25 x 21.25 inches, Latin text verso, tear at right edge extending into plate, light foxing; else very good. All maps have strong color.

    In 1599 Willem Janszoon Blaeu founded one of history's greatest cartographic publishing firms in Amsterdam. He was appointed as hydrographer to the Vereenighde Oostindische Compagnie, the Dutch East India Company further solidifying his reputation as a cartographer. Upon Willem's death in 1638, the business passed to his sons, Joan and Cornelis. Joan continued the business alone after his brother's death in 1644. The company prospered until 1672 when a fire destroyed the printing house. A year later, Joan Blaeu died.


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