Old Hampshire Mapped
Blaeu's Hampshire 1645Notes by
Martin and Jean Norgate: 2001
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SIVE SOUTHANTONENSIS COMITATUS
Vulgo HANTSHIRE by John Blaeu
These notes are made from a map of Hampshire by John Blaeu,
published 1645. The item used is in the Map Collection of
Hampshire CC Museums Service, item HMCMS:FA1998.149. Further
notes have been made from a later edition of Blaeu's atlas:-
Le Grand Atlas ou Cosmographie Blaeuiane by Jean Blaeu, 1667.
The atlas used was the 5th volume, in the collections of
Birmingham Central Library.|
This study concentrates upon what can be seen from the map; studies of the background of county mapping in England, and map makers have been published elsewhere.
Willem Janszoon Blaeu, b.1571 d.1638, published a world atlas 1630, expanded in 1635 to two volumes, and to three volumes in 1640 after his death. Editions appeared with text in Latin, French, German and Dutch. There were four maps of Great Britain in this atlas; the British Isles, England, Scotland, and Ireland.
William's son, Joan Blaeu, b.1596 d.1673, published an atlas of english county maps in 1645, as volume four of the world atlas. Most of the maps are said to be derived from John Speed's maps of 1611. The volume title was:-
Guil. et Johannis Blaeu Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus Pars quarta Amsterdami, Apud Johannem Blaeu. MDCXLV.
A later edition of the Grand Atlas has title page, volume 5:-
CINQUIEME VOLUME DE LA GEOGRAPHIE BLAUIANE, CONTENANT L'ANGLETERRE QUI FAIT L'ONZIEME LIVRE DE L'EUROPE. A AMSTERDAM, Chez JEAN BLAEU, MDCLXVII.The page is illustrated, including an armillary sphere, and a number of mythical figures, and a motto:-
INDEFESSUS AGENDOAn introductory page:-
JEAN BLAEU AU LECTEUR.
This has been translated by a user of the website, to whom we are grateful:-
Jean Bleau to the reader:MW points out that L'ouissez in the original makes better sense as Jouissez. This may be a transcription error by the site authors, which we are unable to check - sorry.
Also: understand gentle reader as noble or gentleman reader.
Joan Blaeu was born at Alkmaar, Netherlands, 1598-99, son of
Willem Janszoon Blaeu and his wife Maritgen. His father was a maker
of globes and scientific instruments. Early in the 1600s Willem had
set up a business with a printing press in Amsterdam.|
Joan Blaeu studied Law at the University of Leiden, gaining his doctorate in 1620. He married Geertruida Vermuelen of Gouda, 1634; and was elected an alderman of Amsterdam, 1651. His map publishing began with his father; a joint imprint on an atlas published 1630-31 which used a number of plates previously engraved by the younger Jodocus Hondius who had died in 1629. This atlas became the 2 volume Novus Atlas published 1635, which expanded towards the Atlas Major, 9 to 12 volumes, from 1662-63.
John's father died in 1638 leaving him to make the expanded editions of the atlas. He worked in partnership with a younger brother, Cornelius, from 1638-44 when the latter died. From then to 1672 John was in sole charge of one of the best known map publishers of the period. In 1672 the publishing house was destroyed: De Hollandtse Mercurius reported a serious fire early in the morning of 23 February 1672 destroying printing presses, plates, type, and premises. The fire ended the business, and probably the life of John Blaeu, who died in 1673.
Keuning, J: 1959: Blaeu's Atlas: Imago Mundi: vol.14:
Stevenson, E L: 1914: Willem Janszoon Blaeu: (New York, United States)
Goss, John (editor?): 1997: Blaeu's The Grand Atlas (abbreviated reproduction): Studio:: ISBN 1 85891 588 0; does not include Hampshire; has an introductory history of the Blaeu publishing house
Box, E G: 1932=1935: Hampshire in Early Maps and early Roadbooks: Hampshire Field Club: XII: pp221-235
Penfold, Alastair J: 1994: Introduction to the Printed Maps of Hampshire: Hampshire CC Museums Service
Hodgkiss, A G: 1981 (4th edn): Discovering Antique maps: Shire Publications (Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire):: ISBN 0 85263 581 8; an inexpensive and approachable introduction to old maps
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