Catalog Archive
Auction 115, Lot 325

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

Subject: Caribbean

Period: 1645 (circa)

Publication: Le Grand Altas

Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 15 inches
52.1 x 38.1 cm

This fine map centered on the West Indies reflects the firsthand knowledge of Hessel Gerritsz during his voyage to South America and the West Indies undertaken in 1628. It covers the same region as the Gerritsz map of 1631; from Chesapeake Bay to the northern coastline of South America, with the addition of the west coast of Central America. The nomenclature in North America is virtually identical with the notable addition of the name Virginia. The nomenclature was probably derived from a Spanish chart as it lacks any French influence. The map is richly adorned with three lovely cartouches, sailing ships, rhumb lines and compass roses. Latin text on verso.


Condition: A

Attractive original color. Minor repair along centerfold with a bit of extraneous creasing. Some spots in blank margins.

Estimate: $1,700 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 6/21/2006