Auction 132, Lot 163

"Nova Belgica et Anglia Nova", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Colonial New England and Mid Atlantic

Period: 1635 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.8 x 15.3 inches
50.3 x 38.9 cm

This important map, first issued in 1635, is one of the first to focus on the Dutch colony in North America and to name Nieu Amsterdam (New York). It is based on the manuscript of Andriaen Block (1614), a Dutch fur trader, who explored the area between Cape Cod and Manhattan and was the first to correctly delineate the longitudinal scale of the coastline and establish Manhattan as an island. The colony of Nieu Pleimonth is identified, as well as other English names along the coast, which were derived from Smith's map of New England in 1616. The map is oriented with north to the right and is richly adorned with a variety of wildlife, including the first appearance of beavers, polecats and otters on a printed map. Quebec is noted with a minute depiction of the fort and buildings, and the mythical kingdom pf Norumbega is noted near the R. Pentagouet (Penobscot River) in present-day Maine. A large Mohawk village is shown derived from the White-de Bry engravings. It is further embellished with a large title cartouche flanked by two natives, sailing ships, canoes, and compass roses. Dutch text on verso.

References: Burden #241; Goss (Blaeu) p. 164; McCorkle #635.1.

Condition: B+

A very sharp impression with wide margins. A 2" tear into the compass rose at bottom has been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $2,750 - $3,500

Sold for: $2,500

Closed on 6/2/2010

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