Auction 129, Lot 447

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

Subject: Bermuda

Period: 1633 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
20.3 x 15.5 inches
51.6 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 term for the major shareholders in the company, that became administrative parishes. 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, Hispaniola and showing the location of Bermuda. Decorated with an exquisite strapwork cartouche, a coat of arms, a medallion and a compass rose.

References: Palmer (MCC-19) #8.

Condition: B+

Expert, professional repairs on verso that reinforce the centerfold and repair a few tears in the blank margins.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 9/23/2009

Archived