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Auction 118, Lot 517

"Mappa Aestivarum Insularum, alias Barmudas Dictarum…", Montanus/Ogilby

Subject: Bermuda

Period: 1671 (published)


Color: Hand Color

14 x 11.4 inches
35.6 x 29 cm

This attractive map is based on Blaeu's map of the island (1635), which in turn was based on the the famous survey by John Norwood of the Bermuda Company in 1618. The map shows the division into the original Tribes, or shares and shows the various landowners, with their names in a table below the map. Bermuda was colonized in 1612, just a little after Jamestown (1606). Roanoake Colony had already failed by this time, but it is noted on the map and in the cartouche. The map uses Blaeu's previous projection to show Bermuda's correct proportion and position in the North Atlantic by superimposing this map over a smaller scale map of the Atlantic with the coastlines of Britain, North America and Hispanola, with a tiny island of Bermuda appearing just beneath the title cartouche. The map is decorated with an aquatic themed title cartouche, featuring Neptune riding a pair of sea monsters, surrounded by putti. The scale of miles cartouche shows a vignette of natives and Englishmen surveying the land, and at the top the coats of arms for England and Bermuda.

References: Palmer (MCC-19) #12.

Condition: A

Lovely color and impression with a touch of offsetting. Wide margins, with some chipping with some archival tissue in the top margin to strengthen it.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 3/6/2007