"Pascaarte vande Noorder Zee custen van America, vande West-hoeck van Ysland doorde Straet Davis en Hudson, tot aen Terra Neuf", Keulen, Johannes van
Subject: Canada and Greenland
Period: 1728-83 (published)
Publication: De Nieuwe Groote Lichtende Zee-Fakkel…
Color: Hand Color
23.5 x 19.7 inches
59.7 x 50 cm
This is a great sea chart of Hudson Bay, Labrador, Newfoundland, James Island and Greenland. Compass roses, loxodromic lines, and ships decorate the oceans and both the title and distance scale are embellished with scenes of hunters, trading, Native Americans and animals. The title cartouche is truly astonishing, with a hunter fully dressed in fur hunting a polar bear family with bow and arrow. This map was first drawn in 1680 and is based on Doncker's final chart of Hudson Bay and the Arctic, with nearly identical cartouches. Fourth state, with the addition of James Bay northwest of Cape Henrietta Maria. This plate has a long and storied history, with continuous use from 1680-1783.
References: Kershaw #208.
Printed on good, strong paper. This is one of the later editions of this plate, and as such has a lighter impression in some areas. Hinge remnants in blank, upper margins.