Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica, 1606 by Willem Janszoon Blaeu



Title

Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica, 1606

Artist

Willem Janszoon Blaeu

Ref GM733
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 26" x 20" (66 x 50 cm)
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Description  
‘Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica’ is one of the most famous and sought-after of all maps. Although engraved and first published, as a separate shett, in 1606, and as such very rarely found, the map remained in use in Blaeu atlases from 1630 to 1658, with only minor alterations. The map gives an up-to-date account of cartographical knowledge at the commencement of the seventeenth century but the engraving, by Josus Van Den Ende, is renowned for the surrounding border decoration. Elaborate pictorial panels at each side depict allegorical illustrations of the four elements and the four seasons. Along the top, seven classical gods are shown, and below, the seven wonders of the ancient world.