"Extrema Americae versus Boream, ubi Terra Nova Nova Francia, Adjacentiaq", Blaeu, Johannes
Period: 1664 (published)
Publication: Atlas maior sive Geographia
Color: Hand Color
22.2 x 17.5 inches
56.4 x 44.5 cm
This handsome map of the Canadian Maritimes appeared in Blaeu's monument masterwork, the Atlas Maior. It is the only map to focus soley on Canada from this atlas. The cartography is based on Samuel de Champlain's great map of 1632 augmented with place names from De Laet and Jansson. Blaeu's version shows Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Labrador and the Davis and Hudson Straits as well as the southern tip of Greenland. The elaborate title cartouches symbolize the importance of the Grand Banks fisheries. Only five editions of the Atlas Maior, containing this map, were published prior to the fire that destroyed the Blaeu printing house in 1672. Thus the map is now quite scarce. Dutch text on verso.
References: Burden #371, Goss (Blaeu) p. 158; Kershaw #150; Van der Krogt (Atlantes) 9130:2.
Fine impression and original coloring. A slight amount of toning or surface soiling, and some mild creasing along centerfold, still very good. Wide, original margins.