Auction 121, Lot 414

"Mappa Aestivarum Insularum, alias Barmudas Dictarum…", Hondius, Henricus

Subject: Bermuda

Period: 1633 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 15.5 inches
52.1 x 39.4 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, a short-lived name for what became administrative parishes, who were the 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 cannons 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. German text on verso.

References: Palmer (MCC-19) #8.

Condition: B+

A lovely example with some minor toning of the centerfold and a little show-through of the text from the verso.

Estimate: $2,300 - $2,750

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 9/26/2007