MARIEKE VAN DELFT The 'Vereeniging Joan Blaeu' 26 May 1916-11 March 1938 INTRODUCTION 26 May 1916 saw the foundation of the 'Vereeniging Joan Blaeu' (Joan Blaeu Society = vJB]. The Society's aim was the promotion of the art of the printed book and of book illustration in the Netherlands by means of the publication of fine books and the organisation of exhibitions. No general ac- count of the vJB's history, its activities and publications has so far been writ- ten. This article is a first attempt at filling this gap.l I 1. PRE-HISTORY The stimulus for the foundation of the Joan Blaeu Society lay in the book Graphische kunst in Nederland, 1300-1800 [Graphic art in the Netherlands 1300-1800], which was published on the occasion of the Internationale ten- toonstelling van het boek en de graphische vakken [International exhibition of the book and graphic trades] at Leipzig in 1914, in an edition of 250 copiers. 2 98 This album had a twofold purpose. The text and the plates gave a survey of the highlights in the history of Dutch printing, while simultaneously the reproduction possibilities of the time were demonstrated. What is more, it showed how collaboration and consultation
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