Old coloured, lovely plan of Amsterdam by Joan Blaeu taken from his atlas of town plans of the low countries entitled “Toonneel der steden van de Vereenighde Nederlanden” first published in 1649 during the Dutch Golden Age. The map displays a detailed view of the mid 17th century city during its height as a global trading power, with its buildings, canals, harbour and fortifications (both existing and planned). At this time, the Amstel River still flowed through the center of the city covered only by the stock exchange and fish market near the Dam. The plan is decorated with the coat of arms and seal of the city at the top left and right, respectively, a bustling harbour filled with dozens of sailing ships and two keys on the sides that identify 107 places of interest. A description of the city appears on the verso in Latin. Other than some overall toning, minor spotting and a repair to a short centrefold split in the bottom blank margin, a beautiful example of this finely engraved town plan in very good condition. 41 cm x 54 cm