The Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem of the Austrian National Library, Volume VI

The Supplemental Volumes (Ergänzungsbände). Descriptive Catalogue of the Four Supplemental Volumes to the Atlas


A complete descriptive and illustrated catalogue of one of the largest and finest atlases ever assembled. Now housed in the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna, the 46-volume atlas is an expanded version of Joan Blaeu's Atlas Maior or 'Great Atlas', published in Amsterdam between 1660 and 1663. Though the core of the atlas consists of the several hundred maps issued by Blaeu, the original owner of the atlas, Laurens van der Hem (1621-1678), added other maps, views, and drawings of his own choice, including four volumes of manuscript maps of Africa and Asia made for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The practice of augmenting atlases was common in the seventeenth century, but few of these personalized atlases have survived the centuries. The catalogue in 7 volumes (plus a volume about the making of the facsimile) will include all the sheets in the atlas reproduced in black-and-white, with cartographical historical and arthistorical descriptions by P. van der Krogt and E. de Groot. Each volume will contain approximately 16 full-colour illustrations.

I. Spain, Portugal and France (vols. 1-8). 1996. With about 700 illustrations. 632 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 278 8
II. Italy, Malta, Switzerland and the Netherlands (vols. 9-17). 1999. With about 700 illustrations. 732 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 348 8
III. British Isles, northern and eastern Europe (vols. 18-24). 2002. With about 700 illustrations. 552 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 189 7
IV. German Empire, Hungary and Greece,including Asia Minor. Descriptive catalogue of the vols. 25-34 of the Atlas. 2004. Sm.folio. Cloth. With about 800 illustrations, including 16 in colour. 708 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 179 8
V. Africa, Asia and America, including the "Secret" Atlas of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Descriptive catalogue of volumes 35-46 of the Atlas. 2005. Sm. folio. Cloth. With about 700 illustrations, including 17 in colour. 640 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 199 6
VI. Descriptive catalogue of volumes 47-50 (E1-E4) of the Atlas and general indices. 2008. Sm. Folio. Cloth. With about 300 illustrations. Approx. 500 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 439 3
VII. Groot, E. de. The world of a seventeenth-century collector. The Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem. 2006. Sm. folio. Cloth, with full colour dustjacket. With 150 black & white and 16 colour illustrations. 395 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 359 4
VIII. The Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem. The history of the Atlas and the making of the facsimile. An accompanying publication with background information on the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem and the production of the facsimile.
Cloth with full colour dust jacket. 244 pp. 137 full colour illustrations. ISBN 978 90 6194 300 6.

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Editiorial foreword

Part I Annotated catalogue of the Supplemental Volumes
The supplemental volumes
Notes for use
Table of contents
Annotated catalogue
Volume E1: Les Beaux Bastimens de France
Volume E2: Le Sacré du Roy / Le Louvre
Volume E3: Course de testes et de bague
Volume E4: Pompa Introitus Ferdinandi

Part II General indexes
General table of contents volumes 1-46 and E1-E4
Maps and text from the Atlas Maior by Joan Blaeu
A Technique and origin
A1 Drawings
A2a Separate published engravings and etchings
A2b Engravings and etchings from books and series
A3 Woodcuts
A4 Letterpress texts
B Thematic indexes
B1 Maps
B2 Charts
B3 Town plans and views
B4 Landscapes
B5 Seascapes and coastal profiles
B6 Historical views
B7 Buildings
B8 Portraits
B9 Allegories
B10 Animals and plants
B11 Antiquities, monuments, statues and tombs
B12 Artifacts
B13 Ethnography
B14 Genealogical trees
B15 Heraldry
B16 Paintings
B17 Ships
B18 Texts
B19 Title pages
B20 Triangulation
C Personal names

Index sheets
Errata volumes I-V
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