Joan Blaeu's Atlas Maior is one of the most elaborate works in the history of cartography. When completed in 1665, it was the largest and most expensive book published in the 17th century. The size and ambition of this work were beyond any scope with 594 maps in eleven volumes. It is considered so important that it was included in the Canon of Dutch History.
This is the seventh volume of the Dutch edition of Atlas Maior, covering Italy and Greece with 67 maps.
Koeman mentioned about the Atlas Maior: The contents of this unprecedented atlas illustrate the high standards of contemporary cartography and geographical knowledge, and its presentation bears witness to the superb craftsmanship of engraver, printer, binder and papermaker... The costly atlas was in fact exclusively designed for those members of the patriciate who could command both the material and intellectual resources that were needed to buy it and appreciate it.