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Name Blaeu, Joan
Other names Johannes Willemszoon Blaeu
Life Dates 1596-1673
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Cartographer, Publisher
Notes Son of Willem Blaeu (1571-1638).
Role Cartographer

Associated Records

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Map Collection - 2014.17.50

"Slooten - Ylst - Worcum - Hinloopen," Amsterdam, 1649, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu This map contains aerial views of Sloten, Ijlst, and Workum, and a profile view of Hindeloopen-four cities in Friesland, a province in northwest Netherlands. Sloten is a heavily fortified city; the other three are shown built around the main river on a series of canals. Each view is titled within a furled banner and bears the arms of the city.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.21

"Sardeigne," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Map of the Island of Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. "SARDEIGNE. 116" centered above map. Ornate green and yellow "H" initial, left below map, marks the beginning of two column German text page. Text page on back of map.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.11

"Ducato di Modena Regio et Capri Col Dominio della Carfagnana," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Map of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy, including Parma, Reggio, Modena, and Bologna as well as a pilgrimage trail across the top of the map. On the reverse is a text page.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.12

"Calabria Ultra olim Altera Magnae Graeciae pars," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Map of Calabria, southwest Italy, Sicily, and surrounding regions. Decorative, multicolor title cartouche with coat of arms flanked by two female nudes with scale below, bottom right of map. Text page on back of map.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.13

"Calabria Citra olim Magna Graecia," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Map of Calabria, southwest Italy, and surrounding areas. Decorative, multicolor title cartouche with coat of arms flanked by two female figures, top right of map, decorative, multicolor scroll scale cartouche, bottom left of map. Text page on back of map.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.14

"Piemonte et Monferrato," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Map of Northwest Italy and surrounding areas. Ornate, multicolor title cartouche flanked by two men with animals and fruit, top right of map, multicolor scroll scale cartouche with globe on top, bottom right of map. Text page on back of map.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.15

"Stato Della Republica di Lucca," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Map of The First Republic of Lucca (1160-1805) and surrounding territories. Two multicolor ships (bottom left), multicolor sea monster (bottom center). Decorative multicolor title cartouche flanked by two female figures supporting a coat of arms (top left), ornate multicolor maker's mark cartouche with coat of arms (bottom left), multicolor scroll scale cartouche, top right of map. Text page on back of map.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.16

"Ducato di Ferrara," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Map of The Duchy of Ferrara (1264-1597) and surrounding territories. Two multicolor ships (top right); decorative multicolor title cartouche flanked by a cherub holding a shield and a female figure holding a cornucopia (top center), ornate multicolor dedication cartouche (bottom center right) Text page on back of map.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.17

"Umbria overo ducato di Spoleto," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan and Cornelius Blaeu Map of the Umbria region, the Duchy of Spoleto (570-1201), and surrounding territories. Ornate multicolor title cartouche with the helmeted female personification of Umbria (?) holding a minature building with radiating light, two cherubs, and a bull under a rainbow (top right), elaborate multicolor dedication cartouche to "Francesco Cardinale Barberino Vicecancellario e Nipote della S.S. Urbino VIII," Cardinal Francesco Barberino Vice Chancellor and grandson of Pope Urban VIII (1568-1644), with the Barberini family crest and a scarlet galero, a cardinal's hat, flanked by two cherubs

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Map Collection - 2014.21.18

"Ducato di Parma et di Piacenza," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Map of The Duchy of Parma and Piacenza (1545-1859) and surrounding territories. Depicts the pilgrimage trail from Piacenza to Parma across the top of the map. Elaborate multicolor title cartouche flanked by a male figure and animals (bottom left), multicolor scale cartouche (top left). Text page on back of map.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.19

"Polesino di Rovigo," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Map of Polesine of Rovigo, a geographic and historic area in the north-east of Italy whose boundaries varied through centuries, now referred to as the Province of Rovigo, and surrounding territories. Two multicolor ships, top and bottom right of map. Elaborate multicolor title cartouche with the Lion of Saint Mark/Venice (bottom right), decorative multicolor scale cartouche (top left). Partial text page on back of map.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.20

"Riviera di Genova da Ponente," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Map of Riviera di Ponente ("The Coast of the Setting Sun"), extending westward from Genoa to the French border, and surrounding territories. Three multicolor ships (bottom middle and middle right); ornate multicolor title cartouche with a coat of arms flanked by two mermaids (bottom right), scale below. Text page on back of map.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.22

"Elba Isola olim Ilva," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Map of the Island of Elba, a Mediterranean island in Tuscany, Italy. "'t Eylandt ELBA 97" centered above map. Ornate black and orange "E" initial, left below map, marks the beginning of two column German text page. Text page on back of map.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.23

"Franconia Vulgo Francfenlandt," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Map of Germany, France, and surrounding territories. Decorative multicolor title cartouche flanked by two cherubs with fruit (bottom center left), multicolor scroll scale cartouche (top right). Text page on back of map.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.24

"Lovdonois Laudunum/Mirebalais," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Two maps on one sheet: London and its surroundings and Mirebalais, a commune in the Centre Department in Haïti. Text page is on the back.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.26

"Monasteriensis Episcopatus," Amsterdam, 1640, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Map of Germany, centered on the city of Münster and the river Linge.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.27

"Glottiana Praefectura Inferior, cum Baronia Glascuensi, The Nether Warde of Clyds-Dail and Baronie of Glasco," Amsterdam, 1664, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Map of Scotland, centered on the city of Glasgow and Lanarkshire, also called the County of Lanark, a historic county in the central Lowlands of Scotland. Decorative multicolor title cartouche with four people and animals (top left). Text page is on the back.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.28

"Montgomeria Comitatus et Comitatus Mervinia," Amsterdam, 1662, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Map from the rare Spanish text edition of "Atlas Maior," including Montgomery shire and Merionethshire counties, Eastern and Western Wales. Three multicolor coats of arms, including that of Lord Philip Herbert, Earl of Montgomery (1584-1650), (top left and top right), two multicolor ships (center and bottom left). Decorative multicolor title cartouche with two people and animals (bottom center), multicolor scale cartouche with three cherubs and a cartographer with drawng tools (bottom right). Text page is on the reverse.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.29

"Insula Sacra vulgo Holy Iland; et Farne," Amsterdam, 1645, hand-colored engraving, map by Joan Blaeu Map from the French edition of "Le Theatre du Monde, ou Nouvelle Atlas, Mise en lumiere Par Guillaume et Jean Blaeu Quatriesme Partie," Vol. IV, includes Holy Island and Farne Island off the coast of Northumberland. Ship (center right) and English coat of arms (top right). Text page is on the reverse.

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Map Collection - 2014.21.30

"Tuedia cum vicecomitatu Etterico Forestae etiam Selkirke dictus / Twee-Dail with the Sherifdome of Etterik-Forest called also Selkirk," Amsterdam, 1664, map by Joan Blaeu Map from "Atlas Major," including Selkirk, former county in Southeast Scotland, oriented to the North, and surrounding regions. Decorative multicolor title cartouche with two people, animals, grain, and two gargoyles (top right), scale below. Text page is on the reverse.