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The Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem

This documentary takes a look at the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem – one of the largest and greatest atlases ever assembled. Created by Willem Blaeu and his son Joan in 17th century Amsterdam, the atlas contains nearly 600 maps charting the world. It was published in different languages – Latin, German, French, Spanish and Dutch.

This documentary also shows how publishers created a facsimile of the historical eight-volume Atlas in the Austrian National Library.

Here are some images created by the Willem and Joan Blaeu:

Map of Europe created by Joan in 1659
Map of Europe created by Joan in 1659

 

Map of the Americas from 1621
Map of the Americas from 1621

 

City of Amersfoort in the Netherlands, from  1652
City of Amersfoort in the Netherlands, from 1652

 

Detail of a Palace in Liege
Detail of a Palace in Liege

 

View of Stonehenge created by Joan Blaeu in 1645
View of Stonehenge created by Joan Blaeu in 1645

To learn more about the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem  and its facsimile, please visit http://www.blaeuvanderhem.com/

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