A pupil of Tycho Brahe, Blaeu settled in Amsterdam. He publishes in 1622 a pair of library globes, terrestrial and celestial.
The economic issue of the day is Hudson's Bay and the fur trade. Blaeu cooperates with the Dutch East India Company, founded in 1602. The son of Hondius, also based in Amsterdam, is a competitor to Blaeu. He gets linked with the Dutch West India Company founded in 1621 and publishes his own pair of globes in 1623.
The Hondius business is later continued by the brother-in-law of Hondius Jr., Johannes Janssonius. Formerly a collaborator of the 1623 edition, Janssonius up-issues the Hondius globes in 1648 with some additions without changing the size, 44 cm in diameter. The engraver Abraham Goos is the same as for the original edition.
On September 20 in New York, Bonhams sells a pair of Hondius-Janssonius globes, lot 18 estimated $ 400K, which belonged to the collections of the ducs de Luynes in the château de Dampierre. The terrestrial globe comes from the 1623 edition. Only two other copies of this edition are known, with small printing variations. The celestial globe comes from the 1648 edition.
The Luynes collections had another pair whose two elements came from the 1648 edition. Cautiously estimated € 10K likely to consider some significant wear, it was sold for € 164K including premium by Sotheby's on October 23, 2013.