The Dutch Golden Age

In The Netherlands, the century after 1580 is described as the 'Golden Age' (het Gouden Eeuw).

The work of exceptional cartographers such as Gerardus Mercator (1512–94), Jocodus Hondius (1563–1612), and Johannes Blaeu (1596–1673) was driven by the Dutch republic's status as the leading maritime power of the age.

For many, the work of these men represents the pinnacle of European map-making.

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Atlas ou Representation du Monde Universel (Amsterdam, 1633).
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Historia Mundi: or Mercator's atlas. Containing his Cosmographicall Description of the Fabricke and Figure of the World (London, 1635).
Atlas, or, A Geographicke Description of the Regions, Countries and Kingdomes of the World (Amsterdam, 1636).
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Theatre Du Monde Ou Nouvel Atlas (Amsterdam, 1640).
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Atlas Major, sive Cosmographia Blaviana (Amsterdam, 1662).
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Georg Horn, Accuratissima Orbis Antiqui Delineatio. Sive Geographia Vetus, Sacra & Profana (Amsterdam, 1657).
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Nicolaes Visscher, Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accuratissima Tabula (Amsterdam, 1658).
Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula (Amsterdam, 1661).