In the seventeenth century cartography in the Netherlands flourished. Dutch cartographers dominated almost the entire European market. This collection contains two cartographic highlights to be viewed in full, a land atlas and a maritime atlas.
The Atlas Van Loon is a beautifully bound, extended version of Joan Blaeu's ‘Groote Atlas’ ('Large Atlas') from 1663-1665. Blaeu's Atlas comprised the entire known world at the time. In addition, the Atlas Van Loon contains Blaeu's town books and two maritime atlases by other cartographers.
Johannes van Keulen's Zee-Fakkel ('Sea Torch') – published in many editions between 1681 and the end of the eighteenth century – contained in six volumes all the maps a sailor could ever need. Almost all the maps are coloured in by hand.