Jacob Floris van Langren

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Jacob Floris van Langren
Born c. 1525
Gelderland, Netherlands
Died 27 July 1610
Alkmaar, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Cartographer

Jacob Floris van Langren (c. 1525 – 27 July 1610) was a Dutch cartographer and globe-maker who established a family dynasty of three generations in those professions.[1] He was born in Gelderland but moved to the Southern Netherlands and later to Amsterdam, where his sons Arnoldus and Henricus were born. From about 1586 Jacob and his son Arnold produced globes, both terrestrial and celestial, the first ever produced in the northern Low Countries.[2] Over the next fifty years, the van Langrens continued to revise and improve their engravings; Petrus Plancius collaborated on the 1589 edition.[citation needed] In 1592, the States General granted the Van Langren family a monopoly in the production of globes, which led to quarrels with Jodocus Hondius. Jacob died in Alkmaar in 1610, where he is buried in the Grote Kerk.[3]

His grandson Michael van Langren was also a cartographer.


  1. ^ J. Keuning, "The van Langren family", Imago Mundi 13 1956:101-09; P. van der Krogt, Globi neerlandici: the production of globes in the Low Countries Utrecht 1993.
  2. ^ M. Friendly, "The First (Known) Statistical Graph: Michael Florent van Langren and the 'secret' of Longitude" 2010.
  3. ^ P. C. J. van der Krogt, Globi Neerlandici: the production of globes in the Low Countries, HES, 1993, p. 90