The Balkans
By BLAEU, Johannes , 1665

Sclavonia, Croatia, Bosnia cum Dalmatiae Parte.

Balkans Europe
  • Author: BLAEU, Johannes
  • Publication place: Amsterdam
  • Publication date: 1665.
  • Physical description: Engraved map in contemporary hand-colour, heightened in gold.
  • Dimensions: 390 by 500mm. (15.25 by 19.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 9787


Blaeu’s map of the Balkans and the Gulf of Venice based on the map by Gerard Mercator.

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.