Auction 113, Lot 121

"Septemtrionaliora Americae a Groenlandia, per Freta Davidis, et Hudson, ad Terram Novam / De Noordelyckste Zee kusten van America van Groenland door de Straet Davis ende Straet Hudson tot Terra Neuf", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Canada and Greenland

Period: 1680 (circa)

Publication: Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas

Color: Hand Color

22 x 19 inches
55.9 x 48.3 cm

This is the first state of De Wit's fine chart of Hudson Bay and Arctic Canada. This beautifully engraved chart was based Van Loon's important chart of 1666 and includes Hudson Bay and Strait, Baffins Bay and extends to include the western coast of Greenland. A sea battle rages outside of the Hudson Straits and another ship sails in Baffins Bay. The chart is richly embellished with rhumb lines and two elaborate cartouches; the second with the Dutch title.

References: Kershaw #209; Moreland & Bannister, p. 36.

Condition: A

Sharp impression and superb original color. Bit of faint offsetting, overall near fine.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 12/7/2005