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Title Page Theatrum 1645

There were two Dutch cartographers named Blaeu:

Willem Blaeu  (1571–1638) Blue pencil.svg wikidata:Q520327
Willem Blaeu
Alternative names Willem Janszoon Blaeu, Willem Jansz Blaeu, Guilielmus Janssonius, Willems Jans Zoon, Guilielmus or G. Blaeu
Description Dutch cartographer, publisher, writer, instrument maker and astronomer
Date of birth/death 1571 18 October 1638 / 1638
Location of birth/death Uitgeest Amsterdam
Work location Amsterdam; Amsterdam (1599–1638)
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creator QS:P170,Q520327
Joan Blaeu  (–1673) Blue pencil.svg wikidata:Q379677
Joan Blaeu
Alternative names Johannes Blaeu; John Wiliamson Blaeu; Johannes Willemszoon Blaeu
Description Dutch cartographer and publisher
Date of birth/death 23 September 1596 / 1599 21 December 1673
Location of birth/death Alkmaar Amsterdam
Work location Amsterdam; Vienna; Amsterdam (1631–1662)
Authority control
creator QS:P170,Q379677

Similar to Abraham Ortelius' earlier Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, their atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive, Atlas Novus was published 1635 in two volumes; in 1645 in four volumes; also named Atlas Maior in 1662 in 11 volumes, with ca. 600 maps and 3,000 pages of text in Latin.

The Toonneel der Steeden van de Vereenighde Nederlanden (Latin: Novum Ac Magnum Theatrum Urbium Belgicæ Liberæ ac Foederatæ) was published from 1649. At first in two different volumes. One of the liberated (latin: Liberæ) and one of the King's (Dutch: 's Konings) Netherlands.

An even larger project was planned but in 1672 a fire destroyed Joan Blaeu's studio. He died one year after this event.

Europae Septentrionalia & Orientalia, 1645[edit]

Germania, 1645[edit]

Germania Inferior, 1645[edit]

Toonneel der Steden van de Vereenighde Nederlanden, 1649 - 1652[edit]

Toonneel der Steden van 's Konings Nederlanden, 1649 - 1651[edit]

Atlas of Scotland, 1654[edit]