The North Pole
By BLAEU, Johannes , 1665

Regiones Sub Polo Arctico.

Polar World
  • Author: BLAEU, Johannes
  • Publication place: Amsterdam
  • Publication date: 1665.
  • Physical description: Engraved map in contemporary hand-colour, heightened in gold.
  • Dimensions: 410 by 530mm. (16.25 by 20.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 9687


Arctic map with rhumb lines radiating from the North Pole. Based on the almost identical arctic map by Jansson, the minor differences being that the title in the main cartouche is different and there is a scale of miles in the bottom right hand corner.

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.


  1. Van der Krogt
  2. Shirley, British Library.
  3. Brotton, 265-290
  4. S. Kramer, 'Ex bibliotheca Reisachiorum', Scriptorium 34 (1980), pp.91-95