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Auction 102, Lot 256

"Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali cum Terris adiacentibus", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Caribbean

Period: 1644 (circa)

Publication: Le Theatre du Monde

Color: Hand Color

20.6 x 15 inches
52.3 x 38.1 cm

Beautiful copper engraved map of the Caribbean that also depicts the eastern coast of North America from the Chesapeake through the Gulf of Mexico, with Mexico, Central America and the northern coast of South America. Cartographically drawn on the extremely rare chart of Hessel Gerritsz circa 1631, with Blaeu adding the west coast of Central America and naming Virginia. This issue has French text and page number on verso, making it an issue between 1638-1658. Lovely dedication and scale cartouches, rhumb lines, compass roses and sailing ships make this a very attractive map.

References: Burden #242

Condition: A+

Fine engraving, original color on thick paper with wide margins. Faint spot in Mexico, still a fine example.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000

Sold for: $1,700

Closed on 3/5/2003