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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 / 1630 circa
Size:
22 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
44529
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1635 circa
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0023dg
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1640
Size:
20.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
59056
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1648 circa
Size:
19 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
Stock#:
26195
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1650 circa
Size:
20 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
58650
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
41395
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
43007
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
23.5 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
59262
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
51678
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1660 circa
Size:
20.5 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
39385se
Place/Date:
Amstedam / 1660 circa (1724)
Size:
16.5 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
43844
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
20 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23038
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
34254
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
34455
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
15 x 11 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
36771
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
23 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
39595se
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
18 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
40754mp2
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
44963
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
25 x 22 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50067
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1680 circa
Size:
21 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0151ops
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1685 circa
Size:
22 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0211ops
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1688 circa
Size:
21 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0209ops
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1688 circa
Size:
22 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0228ops
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1695 circa
Size:
22 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23357

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Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1630 circa
Size:
22 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
43931
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1635 circa
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
56394
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1638
Size:
20 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
0028gh
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1640 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23690
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1640
Size:
20.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
53476
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
Stock#:
38720
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1645 circa
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
39337
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1645 circa
Size:
20.5 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
56442
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1646 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
28082
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1649
Size:
20.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
24694
Place/Date:
n.p. / 1652 circa (20th Cen)
Size:
12 x 3 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
33959
Place/Date:
n.p. / 1652 circa (??)
Size:
12 x 3 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
40494
Place/Date:
n.p. / 1652 circa (20th Cen)
Size:
12 x 3 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
42265
Place/Date:
Paris / 1655
Size:
22 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
21159
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0157gh
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
27048
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
28373
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0003rp
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
0159gh
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0205gh
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49539
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
23.5 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
41186
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
41350
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655 circa
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
43111
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1655
Size:
21.5 x 14 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
blaeuchina
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1660 circa
Size:
20.5 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
0152ops
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1660 circa
Size:
21 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
28076
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 / 1661
Size:
21 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23397
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1661
Size:
21 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23984
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
19 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
17687
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
20 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
18928
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
22656
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
20 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23036
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
22 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
25960
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#:
26022
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
28525
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
18 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
29137
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
47435
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
21 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0029gh
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662
Size:
18 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
35385
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1662 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
34168