Blaeu's map of Poland
By BLAEU, Johannes , 1665

Polonia Regnum, et Silesia Ducatus.

Europe Poland
  • Author: BLAEU, Johannes
  • Publication place: Amsterdam
  • Publication date: 1665.
  • Physical description: Engraved map in contemporary hand-colour, heightened in gold.
  • Dimensions: 420 by 510mm. (16.5 by 20 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 9768


A highly decorative map of Poland which first appeared in the German edition of Blaeu’s ‘Atlas Novus’ in 1634. The map covers the area from the Oder River east to Podlachia on the Bug River. The map also shows Brandenburg and parts of Prussia.

The map appeared in the ‘Atlas Major’, which, in its various editions, was the largest atlas ever published. It was justly famed for its production values, its high typographic standard, and the quality of its engraving, ornamentation, binding and colouring. The atlas frequently served as the official gift of the Dutch Republic to princes and other authorities. It is one of the most lavish and highly prized of all seventeenth-century illustrated books.