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Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) was a prominent Dutch geographer and publisher. Born the son of a herring merchant, Blaeu chose not fish but mathematics and astronomy for his focus. He studied with the famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, with whom he honed his instrument and globe making skills. Blaeu set up shop in Amsterdam, where he sold instruments and globes, published maps, and edited the works of intellectuals like Descartes and Hugo Grotius. In 1635, he released his atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive, Atlas novus.

Willem died in 1638. He had two sons, Cornelis (1610-1648) and Joan (1596-1673). Joan trained as a lawyer, but joined his father’s business rather than practice. After his father’s death, the brothers took over their father’s shop and Joan took on his work as hydrographer to the Dutch East India Company. Later in life, Joan would modify and greatly expand his father’s Atlas novus, eventually releasing his masterpiece, the Atlas maior, between 1662 and 1672.


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Amsterdam / 1662
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16.5 x 10 inches
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Amsterdam / 1636
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20 x 16 inches
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VG
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14820
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Amsterdam / 1634
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20 x 15 inches
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VG
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14987
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1635 circa
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20 x 15 inches
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VG
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36443
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Amsterdam / 1635 circa
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20 x 15 inches
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53431
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Amsterdam / 1635
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20 x 15 inches
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61229
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Amsterdam / 1635 circa
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20 x 15 inches
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VG
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62659
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Amsterdam / 1634
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18 x 14 inches
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VG
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15075
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Amsterdam / 1640 circa
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18 x 14 inches
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VG+
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53259
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1640
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20 x 15 inches
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VG+
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1258
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Amsterdam / 1634
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9.5 x 7 inches
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VG+
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15059
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Amsterdam / 1634
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19.5 x 15 inches
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VG+
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15071
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Amsterdam / 1642
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19.5 x 15 inches
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VG
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26650
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Amsterdam / 1647
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19.25 x 15 inches
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VG
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17202
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Amsterdam / 1640 circa
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20 x 15 inches
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VG
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30676
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Amsterdam / 1663
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24 x 22 inches
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VG+
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9111
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1663 (1724)
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21.7 x 21.3 inches
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36967
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Amsterdam / 1663 (1724)
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21.7 x 21.3 inches
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40680
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Amsterdam / 1663 (1724)
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21.7 x 21.3 inches
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Amsterdam / 1663 (1724)
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21.5 x 21.5 inches
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57694
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Amsterdam / 1634
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30 x 19 inches
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15019
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Amsterdam / 1634
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30 x 19 inches
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47919
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Amsterdam / 1640 circa
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19.5 x 16 inches
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Amsterdam / 1634
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19.5 x 15 inches
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14958
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Amsterdam / 1642
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19.5 x 15 inches
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23764
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Amsterdam / 1640 circa
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19.5 x 15 inches
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41580
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Amsterdam / 1635 circa
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19.5 x 15 inches
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53104
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Amsterdam / 1635 circa
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19.5 x 15 inches
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65004
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Amsterdam / 1634
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20 x 15 inches
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14986
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Amsterdam / 1640 circa
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20 x 15 inches
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VG
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54057
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Amsterdam / 1641
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21.5 x 16 inches
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20340
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Amsterdam / 1641
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21.5 x 16 inches
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VG
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19086
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1640 circa
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21.5 x 16 inches
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VG
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34758
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Amsterdam / 1640
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21.5 x 16 inches
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VG
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3617
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1640
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21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
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9907
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1645
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
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VG
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t0085
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1640 circa
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21.5 x 16 inches
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VG
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17986
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1640
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21 x 16.5 inches
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VG
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29986
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1634
Size:
19.5 x 15 inches
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VG+
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15137
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1634
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19.5 x 15 inches
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17204
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Amsterdam / 1634
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19.5 x 15 inches
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VG
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Amsterdam / 1634
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19.5 x 15 inches
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VG
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64892op
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Amsterdam / 1645
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21 x 15.5 inches
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5767
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Amsterdam / 1634
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21 x 15.5 inches
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Amsterdam / 1647
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18 x 16 inches
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16203
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Amsterdam / 1647
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18 x 16 inches
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30913
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1647 circa
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18 x 16 inches
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VG
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34779
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1663
Size:
21 x 16 inches
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VG+
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10357
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1663
Size:
21 x 16 inches
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VG+
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34728