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Johannes Blaeu

Johannes Blaeu


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.



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1662 - [Blaeu Atlas of America] America, Quae Est Geographiae Blavianae Pars Quinta Liber Unus Volumen Undecimum

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A Beautiful, Clean Example in the Publisher's Gilt-Vellum Binding. Johannes Blaeu's atlas of the Americas is an attractive and important atlas that deftly blended contemporary geographical knowledge with rich decorative imagery. Blaeu's maps set the...


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1655 - (China Atlas) Novus Atlas Sinensis, A Matino Matinio... Seste Deel van de Nieuwe Atlas, oft Toonneel des Aerdrijck, Uytgegeven door Joan Blaeu.

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First Dutch Edition of the First European Atlas of China. 17 engraved maps in original hand-color, and engraved title pages in original hand-color, heightened in gold. [6], 213, [19], xviii, 40 pages of text in Dutch. A Handsome Example of the First...


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1662 - Nova et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula Auctore Joanne Blaeu

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Blaeu's Important and Decorative Double-Hemisphere World Map. Finely colored example of Johannes Blaeu's scarce double hemisphere map of the World, originally prepared by Joan Blaeu for his Atlas Maior in 1662. The map was also included in...


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1645 - Regiones Sub Polo Arctico . . . (Heightened in Gold Leaf)

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Nice example of the second edition of Blaeu's signature map of the North Polar Regions, with several wonderful cartouches and decorative coat of arms. Blaeu's decorative map of the North Pole, including Arctic North America, Scandinavia, and northern...


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1662 - Yucatan Conventus Iuridici Hispaniae Novae Pars Occidenalis, et Guatimala Conventus Iuridicus

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Nice old color example of Blaeu's map of the Yucatan peninsula, which appeared only in the late editions of Blaeu's atlases. This is one of the earliest Dutch maps to focus on the region centered on the Yucatan Peninsula. Includes decorative cartouche...


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1660 - Brasilia . . .

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Decorative example of Blaeu's second map of Brazil, oriented with west at the top. Includes 2 cartouches, 3 sailing ships, 2 compass roses, rhumb lines, etc.


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1662 - Praefecturae Paranambucae Pars Borealis una cum Praefectura de Itamaraca

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Nice example of the Johannes Blaeu edition of Barleus' map of a portion of Brazil, which first appeared in Barleus's from his ervm per Octennivm in Brasilia et alibi nuper gesterum sub Praefectura Illustrissimi Comitis I. Mavritii, Nassoviae,...


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1662 - Praefecturae De Paraiba, et Rio Grande

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Striking old color example of the Johannes Blaeu edition of Barleus' map of a portion of Brazil, which first appeared in Barleus's from his ervm per Octennivm in Brasilia et alibi nuper gesterum sub Praefectura Illustrissimi Comitis I. Mavritii,...


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1648 - Sarnia Insula vulgo Garnsey et Insula Caesarea venacule Jarsey

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Fine example of Blaeu's map of the Islands of Jersey and Guernsey, including decorative embellishments. Beginning in 1645, Johannes Blaeu published his first atlas of the counties of England and Wales , which comprises Vol. IV of the Theatrum Orbis...


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1648 - Sarnia Insula vulgo Garnsey et Insula Caesarea venacule Jarsey (Gold Leaf Highlights)

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Fine old color, gold leaf heightened example of Blaeu's map of the Islands of Jesey and Guernsey, including decorative embellishments. Beginning in 1645, Johannes Blaeu published his first atlas of the counties of England and Wales, which comprises...


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1662 - Rutlandia Comitatus. -- Rutland Shire (Heightened in Gold!)

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Old color example of Blaeu's map of Rutland, heightened in Gold, from his Atlas Maior. Includes 6 decorative coats of arms, two cartouches and fine original color, lavishly heighted with gold leaf.


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1653 - Scotia Antiqua, qualis pricis temporibus Romanis praesertim, Cognita suit quam in lucem eruere conabatur R Gordonius a Straloch M DC LIII (Heightened with Gold Leaf)

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Robert Gordon's Map of Ancient Scotland Fine old example of Blaeu's map of Ancient Scotland, which appeared in the Atlas Maior, heightened in Gold Leaf. Includes a second map of Orcades and Shetlands, with 2 highly decorative cartouches. The map...


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1662 - Comitatus Brechniniae Breknoke (Heightened with Gold)

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Exceptional old color example of Blaeu's map of the County of Brecknock (Brecon) in Wales, heightened in Gold, from his Atlas Maior. Fine original color, lavishly heighted with gold leaf. A fine example, with wide margins.


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1662 - Montgomeria Comitatus et Comitatus Mervinia (Heightened with Gold)

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Exceptional old color example of Blaeu's map of Montgomeryshire, heightened in Gold, from his Atlas Maior. The map is decorated with a title cartouche and 3 coats of arms. A fine example, with wide margins.


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1640 - Germaniae Veteris typus . . .

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A Plethora of Anicent Place Names Striking example Blaeu's map of the Ancient German Empire in Northern Europe, based upon an earlier map by Ortelius. Extends from the Adriatic (Hadriatici Sinus) to the Baltic (Suevicum Mare) and the Vistula and...


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1650 - Haga Comitis Vulgo 's Graven-Hage . . .

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Minor toning from a previous framing. Detailed plan of the Den Haag, published by Johannes Blaeu.