Auction 129, Lot 122

"Extrema Americae Versus Boream, ubi Terra Nova Nova Francia, Adjacentiaq", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Canada

Period: 1670 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.2 x 17.6 inches
56.4 x 44.7 cm

This handsome map of the Canadian Maritimes is based on Samuel de Champlain's great map of 1632, and augmented with place names from De Laet and Jansson. This is Blaeu's only map of Canada. It shows Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Labrador and the Davis and Hudson Straits as well as the southern tip of Greenland and a portion of northern Maine. The elaborate cartouches symbolize the importance of the Grand Banks fisheries, which are boldly engraved on the map. Blank verso, indicating either a separate publication by Blaeu or publication subsequent to the destruction of the Blaeu printing house in 1672. The map appears in only a few of Blaeu's Atlas Maior after 1662 and is thus very uncommon.

References: Burden #371; Goss (Blaeu) p. 158; Kershaw #149.

Condition: B+

Fine impression and lovely original color with some very faint offsetting. There is some minor oxidation of the color that has been expertly reinforced with light tissue on verso.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,200


Closed on 9/23/2009