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Auction 117, Lot 418

"Mappa Aestivarum Insularum, alias Barmudas Dictarum…", Hondius/Jansson

Subject: Bermuda

Period: 1647 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20 x 15.4 inches
50.8 x 39.1 cm

A striking map based on the famous survey by Richard Norwood of the Bermuda Company, also known as the Somers Isles Company in 1618. The map shows the division into the original Tribes, which were a short-lived name for what became administrative parishes, and were names of major shareholders in the company. Also shown are the various landowners, with their names in a table below the map. There are many tiny houses shown on the map, locating settlements, as well as minute cannon marking the defensible points. The map is superimposed over a chart of the Atlantic with the coastlines of Britain, North America and Hispaniola showing the location of Bermuda. Decorated with an exquisite strapwork cartouche, a coat of arms, a medallion and a compass rose. Jansson reissued Hondius' plate with his imprint between 1647 and 1666. Descriptive Latin text on verso.

References: MCC-19 (Palmer) #11

Condition: A+

A gorgeous example with excellent color on fine, strong paper. Centerfold separation in blank margin professionally repaired.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,750

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 12/6/2006