The Blaeu Map returns
6 November 2017
One of the Library's greatest treasures, a 1663 map of New Holland—the map on which all subsequent mapping of Australia is based—has taken pride of place in the Treasures Gallery. Archipelagus Orientalis, sive Asiaticus (Eastern or Asian Archipelago) by master cartographer for the Dutch East India Company Joan Blaeu has undergone extensive conservation treatment by expert National Library conservators as well as specialists from Melbourne University.
The National Library acquired the rare map in 2013 after it was discovered in a storage facility in Sweden where it is believed to have been left, forgotten, for hundreds of years. It was in a fragile condition, with much deterioration and flaking.
Thanks to huge public support, the Library raised more than $100,000 to pay for specialist preservation treatment. Today, the Blaeu map has been stabilised so it can be safely displayed in the Treasures Gallery, for a limited time.
Join a special event on 11 November to see for yourself the amazing results of four years of work on this rare map.
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