The Atlas maior, the cartographical masterpiece of the Baroque period, was brought out between 1662 and 1665 by the Amsterdam publisher Joan Blaeu, one of Holland's leading cartographers. Originally appearing in Latin, dtheie atlas comprised 594 maps in II volumes winch depicted the whole of the world as known to early modern Europe. It was the largest and most expensive book published during the 17th century. For more than 100 years it remained the definitive atlas of the world, and today is among the must sought-alter and valuable antiquarian rarities. This reprinted edition in six volumes is based on the hand-colored, gold-heightened copy in the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna, duos ensuring the best possible detail and quality. Alongside Juan Blaeu's original commentaries on the individual maps, a new text by Peter van der Krogt explains the historical and cultural associations and introduces the reader to the fascinating world of early modern cartography. The volume entitled " Gallia" includes all 64 maps of France and the text is in French, English and German. "Anglia, Scotia et Hibernia" features all 58 maps of England and 58 maps of Scotland and Ireland and the text is in English. French and German. "Germania, Austria et Helvetia" includes all 97 maps of Germania, 20 maps of Austria and 7 maps of Switzerland and the text is in German, English and French. "Italia" features all 6o maps of Italy and the text is in Italian, English and German. "Belgica Regia et Belgica Foederata" includes all 63 maps of Belgium and the Netherlands and the text is in Dutch, French and English. Finally. "Hispania, Portugallia, Africa et America" features all 28 maps of Spain and Portugal, 13 maps of Africa and 23 maps of America and the text is in Spanish, English and Portuguese.