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Kraus 8, Nova et acurata totius Germaniae tabula (Not after 1634)

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Title   Nova et acurata totius Germaniae tabula
Alternate Title   Nova et Acvrata Totivs Germaniae Tabvla
Cartographer   Blaeu, Willem Janszoon (1571 - 1638)
Subject   Germany--Maps
Publisher   Blaeu, Willem Janszoon (1571 - 1638)
Repository   Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Place of publication
     or creation
Date(s)   Not after 1634
Format   Printed map
Kraus catalog no.   8
Dimensions in mm.   1050 x 1420 mm.
Rights   No known U.S. copyright restrictions. Please cite the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, as the image source.


Large engraved wall-map (1050X 1245 mm.) in six sheets with borders of baroque ornament at the sides. With vignettes of ships, Neptune and sea deities, and the Imperial Habsburg arms. With contemporary coloring. Mounted on old heavy brown fabric. Overall measure 1050 x 1420 mm.

THE ONLY SURVIVING COPY of the first edition of Blaeu's large map of Germany.
Wieder remarks that "no copy of this map is now known, but two parts of it are to be found in the German edition of the Atlas of 1634, and a later state of the entire map was edited by J. Blaeu in 1659. From this it appears that the author of the map was Rumoldus Mercator." The Rumold Mercator map, which appeared in 1590, is extant in only one copy, incomplete and damaged, in the Goettingen University Library.' The lower left and right portions of the Blaeu map were used in the 1634 Blaeu Atlas, but with an address altered to "Amsterdam, apud Guilelmum Blaeu", whereas it reads here "Willem Janss. Blauw. Men Vintse te tot Amsterdam op't Water inde vergulde Sonnewyser", with no date given. In the 1659 edition, also extant in only one copy, it is altered to "Amstelredami apud Ioannem Blaeu". It is evident, therefore, that Blaeu revised this legend before using the parts of it in the 1634 Atlas.

(1) Described in detail in H. Averdunk and J. Mueller-Reinhard, Gerhard Mercator (1914), 155-156. It was larger than the Blaeu map of Germany, measuring 1220x1410 mm. According to the Averdunk description, the Blaeu map shows somewhat less of the Baltic regions.

Wieder, F. C, "Descriptive Catalogue of Maps published separately by Blaeu", in Mon. Cart. III, p. 71, no. 64; 73, no. 92.