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Auction 125, Lot 371

"Canibales Insulae", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Lesser Antilles

Period: 1662 (circa)

Publication: Atlas maior sive Geographia

Color: Hand Color

21 x 16.5 inches
53.3 x 41.9 cm

This is the first Dutch map to focus on the Lesser Antilles. It covers the Windward and Leeward Isles from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Margarita. Centered on a compass rose with north at right, the chart is less decorative than other maps by Blaeu, having instead a practical navigational chart appearance. The title - Islands of the Cannibals - is certainly evocative. It illustrates the European impression of the mysterious islands of the New World resulting from many explorers' accounts of the savage Caribbean warriors who devoured their prisoners. Blaeu's map appeared only in editions of the great Atlas Maior from 1662, thus it is relatively uncommon. Latin text on verso.

References: Goss (Blaeu) p. 162.

Condition: A

Near fine with a nice impression, original outline color and wide original margins. There is a small paper flaw near the island of Trinidad and a couple of tiny in-filled wormholes along the centerfold.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $500

Closed on 9/24/2008