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Blaeu Map of The Hebrides

From Blaeu's atlas of Scotland after Timothy Pont

Joan Blaeu map of The Hebrides Scotland - antique circa 1645
Hebrides detail1 Western Isles detail2 Blaeu map text Click to view larger details.

Aebudae Insulae sive Hebrides ; quae Scotiae ad occasum praetenduntur / lustratae et descriptae a Timotheo Pont. Western Isles of Scotland.  Dated c.1654. Latin Text verso.

Condition: Good, hand coloured,some minor repairs to generous margins.

Title: An antique map of the Scottish Hebrides
Medium: Hand coloured engraving. Image Size: 385 x 537mm, 15 x 21 " approx.
Order No. 2215 Price: SOLD Paper Size: 560 x 590mm, 22 x 23 " approx.
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Joan Blaeu 1596-1673
A famous firm of Dutch cartographers and publishers was established in the late 16th century by Willem Janszoon Blaeu in Amsterdam. Blaeu was a maker of globes and scientific instruments and purchased some of his early map plates from Jodocus Hondius. From this small beginning was to emerge one of the largest and most prolific map publishing houses of the seventeenth century.

Willem's two sons, Joan and Cornelius, both entered the family business and in 1630 the firm published its first world atlas, bound in a single volume. This was increased to two volumes in 1635 and to three in 1640.

In 1645 Joan Blaeu published a county Atlas of England and Wales as part of his Atlas Novus, with maps based mainly on the earlier research of Saxton and Speed. The atlas was regarded as a masterpiece with a balanced style and calligraphic quality that has never been surpassed.

Timothy Pont
A minister born in 1565, he travelled widely throughout Scotland, surveying the countryside, he compiled a collection of manuscripts which, some 50 years after being draughted, and having been redrawn by Robert Gordon, found their way to Amsterdam. In 1654 they were engraved and published by Willem and Joan Blaeu with text by Sir John Scott. There are 46 maps of Scottish Counties or regions, the majority of which are attributed to Pont who died in 1610.

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An antique map of the Scottish Hebrides by Joan Blaeu and Timothy Pont

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