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Moravia Marchionatus Auctore I. A. Comenio.

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Article ID EUT4308
Artist Blaeu (1571-1638)
Joan Guilliemus Blaeu was the eldest son of Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638), and was probably born in Alkmaar in the province of Noord-Holland in the final years of the 16th century. He was brought up in Amsterdam, and studied law at the University of Leiden before going into partnership with his father in the 1630s. Although his father Willem had cartographic interests, having studied under the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe and having manufactured globes and instruments, his primary business was as a printer. It was under the control of Joan that the Blaeu printing press achieved lasting fame by moving towards the printing of maps and expanding to become the largest printing press in Europe in the 17th century. By the 1660s the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (or Atlas Maior as it had became known by this time) had expanded to between 9 and 12 volumes, depending on the language. With over 3,000 text pages and approximately 600 maps, it was the most expensive book money could buy in the later 17th century. The translation of the text from Latin into Dutch, English, German, French, and Spanish for several volumes created enormous work for those involved in typography and letterpress activities. It is estimated that over 80 men must have been employed full-time in the Blaeu printing house in Bloemgracht, not including engravers who worked elsewhere, with over 15 printing presses running simultaneously, and in 1667 a second press was acquired at Gravenstraat. At the same time as producing the Atlas Maior, Blaeu was also publishing town plans of Italy, maps for globes, and other volumes. At its peak the Blaeu press managed to produce over 1 million impressions from 1,000 copper plates within four years.
Title Moravia Marchionatus Auctore I. A. Comenio.
Year ca. 16730
Description Magnificent map shows Moravia in the Czech Republic with two decorative cartouches and detailed representations of all cities, mountains and forests.
Moravia is a historical region in the east of the Czech Republic and one of three historical Czech lands, with Bohemia and Czech Silesia. The Slavic Moravians settled in the region in the 6th century. In the 7th century Moravia was part of the Samo Empire. At the beginning of the 8th century, the southern part was under the influence of the Avars. After Charlemagne had driven away the Avars, the Moravian Principality was established in the south-east of Moravia, parts of southwestern Slovakia (Záhorie) and later also in parts of Lower Austria towards the end of the 8th century. Since 1031, Moravian history has run almost continuously with the history of Bohemia. The medieval and early modern Margraviate of Moravia was a crown land of the Lands of the Bohemian Crown from 1348 to 1918, an imperial state of the Holy Roman Empire from 1004 to 1806, a crown land of the Austrian Empire from 1804 to 1867, and a part of Austria-Hungary from 1867 to 1918. Moravia was one of the five lands of Czechoslovakia founded in 1918.
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Dimensions (cm)38 x 48 cm
ConditionPerfect condition
Coloringoriginal colored
TechniqueCopper print


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