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Joan Blaeu - Surrey County

Surrey - Blaeu17th century map by Blaeu of Surrey
Blaeu - Overton - Surrey
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Originally published by Joan Blaeu in 1645, this is the very scarce 1670 issue by John Overton for his publication Overton's Atlas I, the only version with no text verso.

Condition: Bold image, reinforcing to centrefold with minor paper wear, later hand colouring, repaired split to right edge, image unaffected. No text verso.

Title: An antique map of Surrey by Blaeu
Medium: Hand coloured engraving. Image Size: 382 x 504mm, 15 x 20 ". approx.
Order No. 2420 Price: SOLD Paper Size: 432 x 552mm, 17 x 21.75 " approx.
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Joan Blaeu 1596-1673
A famous firm of Dutch cartographers and publishers was established in the late 16th century by Willem Janszoon Blaeu in Amsterdam. Blaeu was a maker of globes and scientific instruments and purchased some of his early map plates from Jodocus Hondius. From this small beginning was to emerge one of the largest and most prolific map publishing houses of the seventeenth century.

Willem's two sons, Joan and Cornelius, both entered the family business and in 1630 the firm published its first world atlas, bound in a single volume. This was increased to two volumes in 1635 and to three in 1640.

In 1645 Joan Blaeu published a county Atlas of England and Wales as part of his Atlas Novus, with maps based mainly on the earlier research of Saxton and Speed. The atlas was regarded as a masterpiece with a balanced style and calligraphic quality that has never been surpassed.

John Overton (1640-1713)
In 1670 John Overton purchased stock of these maps and published Overton's Atlas I

John and his son Henry, produced a number of atlases and maps from 1665 to c. 1755. They never possessed a complete set of county maps and made up their atlases in the early Dutch tradition by using the prints of other published, notably the maps of Blaeu and Johnson. Only when these were not available did they arrange for a plate of their own to be produced.

Overton's Atlas I (1670) and Atlas II (1675) were largely made up of sheets bought from Peter Stent's estate in late 1665 after he died in the plague.

Henry inherited his father's business and on his death in 1751 he left his stock to his nephew also called Henry.

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17th century map of Surrey by Joan Blaeu

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