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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 / 1682
Size:
20.5 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
89096
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1682
Size:
21 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
89097
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1682
Size:
22.5 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
89098
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1682
Size:
19.5 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
89099
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1682
Size:
22.5 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
89100
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1682 circa
Size:
20 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
89102
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1682 circa
Size:
33 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
89104
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1682
Size:
22.5 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
89305
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1685 circa
Size:
22 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0211ops
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1647
Size:
20 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
74024
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1647
Size:
20 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
74304
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1647
Size:
20 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
74487
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1647
Size:
20 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
74565
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1640 circa
Size:
20 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
89533

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Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
34287
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
34313
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
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34345
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
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34455
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
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34496bs
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
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35145
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
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37138
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
18 x 12 inches
Condition:
VG+
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36770
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
15 x 11 inches
Condition:
VG+
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36771
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#:
38593
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1645 circa
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
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38720
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49539
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1645 circa
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
39337
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
23.5 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
41186
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50092
Place/Date:
n.p. / 1652 circa (??)
Size:
12 x 3 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
40494
Place/Date:
Den Haag / 1724
Size:
22 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
40657
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
18 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
40754mp2
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG
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41350
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
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41888
Place/Date:
n.p. / 1652 circa (20th Cen)
Size:
12 x 3 inches
Condition:
VG
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42265
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
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43007
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
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44908mp2gc
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
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43111
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
22 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
43931
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
44107
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
44160
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
22 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
44529
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
45293
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21 x 13.5 inches
Condition:
Good
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47551
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50067
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1635 circa
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
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0023dg
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
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55112
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1635 circa
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
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56394
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1645 circa
Size:
20.5 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
56442
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1650 circa
Size:
20 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG
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58650
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
12 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
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60249
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
23.5 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG
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61682
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
25 x 22 inches
Condition:
VG
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62702
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Amsterdam / 1660 circa
Size:
22.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
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62216
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Amsterdam / 1660 circa
Size:
22.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
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62312
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Amsterdam / 1640 circa
Size:
19 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG-
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Amsterdam / 1635 circa
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
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65029
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1661
Size:
20 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
67931
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Amsterdam / 1664 circa
Size:
20.5 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
69195