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Joan, or Johannes, Blaeu (1596-1673) was the son of Willem Janszoon Blaeu. He inherited his father’s meticulous and striking mapmaking style and continued the Blaeu workshop until it burned in 1672. Initially, Joan trained as a lawyer, but he decided to join his father’s business rather than practice.

After his father’s death in 1638, Joan and his brother, Cornelis, took over their father’s shop and Joan took on his work as hydrographer to the Dutch East India Company. Joan brought out many important works, including Nova et Accuratissima Terrarum Orbis Tabula, a world map to commemorate the Peace of Westphalia which brought news of Abel Tasman’s voyages in the Pacific to the attention of Europe. This map was used as a template for the world map set in the floor of the Amsterdam Town Hall, the Groote Burger-Zaal, in 1655.

Joan also modified and greatly expanded his father’s Atlas novus, first published in 1635. All the while, Joan was honing his own atlas. He published the Atlas maior between 1662 and 1672. It is one of the most sought-after atlases by collectors and institutions today due to the attention to the detail, quality, and beauty of the maps. He is also known for his town plans and wall maps of the continents. Joan’s productivity slammed to a halt in 1672, when a fire completely destroyed his workshop and stock. Joan died a year later and is buried in the Westerkerk in Amsterdam.

Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
Fair
Stock#:
75471
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1650 circa
Size:
19.5 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
76091
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
19.5 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
78268
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1672
Size:
10.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
85882
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1672
Size:
10 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
85878
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1648 circa
Size:
19 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
34548
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1648 circa
Size:
19 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
Stock#:
26195
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
44963
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1635
Size:
21 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
81239
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
41395
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
83106mp2
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
16.5 x 21 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
65387
Place/Date:
Amstedam / 1660 circa (1724)
Size:
20.5 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
43844
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19 x 15.75 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
75559
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1682
Size:
21 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
89097
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
25 x 22 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
81263
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20.5 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
78393
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1660 circa
Size:
21 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
71077
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1660 circa
Size:
20.5 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
39385se
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
23 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
39595se
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1647
Size:
20 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
74024
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
23.5 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
75560
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
22 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
64628
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1640 circa
Size:
20 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
89533
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1660 circa
Size:
22 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
69153
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1682
Size:
22.5 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
89100
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1647
Size:
20 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
74304
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
51678
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20.5 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
85797
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1647
Size:
20 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
74487
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1660 circa
Size:
19.5 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
41473
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1685 circa
Size:
22 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0211ops
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1665
Size:
21 x 18 inches
Condition:
Good
Stock#:
87998
Place/Date:
/ 1672 circa
Size:
11 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
85883
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
21.5 x 19.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
81020
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1682
Size:
22.5 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
89098
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1688 circa
Size:
21 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0209ops
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
67827
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1682
Size:
20.5 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
89096
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655
Size:
19 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
75218
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1682
Size:
23 x 18.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
89094
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1682 circa
Size:
20 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
89102

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Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
37138
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
41888
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
43007
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
44160
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0205gh
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1663
Size:
20.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
24715
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1670 (1704)
Size:
39.5 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
78953
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1660 circa
Size:
22.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
62216
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1660 circa
Size:
22.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
62312
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1640 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23690
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
20 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23038
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1682
Size:
23.5 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
19323
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1682
Size:
23.5 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0147ops
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1645 circa
Size:
20.5 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
56442
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
19 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
17687
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0157gh
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1680 circa
Size:
21 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0151ops
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0003rp
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49539
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
34168
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
20 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
18928
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
20 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
38542
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1645 circa
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
38720
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1645 circa
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
39337
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1645 circa
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
38593
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1635 circa
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0023dg
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1635 circa
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
56394
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1635 circa
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
65029
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1645 circa
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
Stock#:
84796
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
27048
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50092
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
18 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
26022
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
18 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
35367
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
18 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
40754mp2
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
18 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
26012
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
18 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
29137
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
18 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
35385
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1682
Size:
23 x 19.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0148ops
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
41350
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
22656
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
45293
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
55112
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
47435
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
34496bs
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
28525
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
44908mp2gc