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Important Map of Colonial New England and the Mid-Atlantic

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Lot 160
By: Willem Blaeu
Subject: Colonial New England & Mid-Atlantic United States
Date: 1638 (circa)

Publication: Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas

Condition Code: B+

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Color: hand color

Size: 19.9 x 15.3 inches
         50.6 x 38.9 cm

    This important map, first issued in 1635, is one of the first to focus on the Dutch colony in North America and to name Nieu Amsterdam (New York). It is based on the manuscript of Andriaen Block (1614), a Dutch fur trader, who explored the area between Cape Cod and Manhattan and was the first to correctly delineate the longitudinal scale of the coastline and establish Manhattan as an island. The colony of Nieu Pleimonth is identified, as well as other English names along the coast, which were derived from Smith's map of New England in 1616. The map is oriented with north to the right and is richly adorned with a variety of wildlife, including the first appearance of beavers, polecats and otters on a printed map. Quebec is noted with a minute depiction of the fort and buildings, and the mythical kingdom pf Norumbega is noted near the R. Pentagouet (Penobscot River) in present-day Maine. A large Mohawk village is shown derived from the White-de Bry engravings. It is further embellished with a large title cartouche flanked by two natives, sailing ships, canoes, and compass roses. French text on verso, published between 1638-50.

See also lot 812 for Goss' reference book on Blaeu's work, lot 815 for Burden's indispensable reference work on maps of North America, and lot 816 for McCorkle's reference work on maps of New England..

Condition Description: A crisp impression on a sheet with a "C V" watermark, light, scattered foxing, and professional repairs to a number of tiny chips and tears along the edges of the sheet. There is light toning that is slightly darker along the centerfold and edges of the sheet.

Ref: Burden #241; Goss (Blaeu) p. 164; McCorkle #635.1; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9310:2.

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