Auction 132, Lot 68

"Americae nova Tabula", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1645 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
21.7 x 16 inches
55.1 x 40.6 cm

This stunning carte-a-figures map is a superb example of the fine art of decorative cartography and a seventeenth-century European view of the New World. The coastal outlines generally follow Ortelius and Wytfliet with nomenclature from a variety of explorers and colonists. Panels at sides, each with five portraits of the native inhabitants were taken from John White (Virginia), Hans Staden (Brazil) and other early explorer's accounts. Across the top are nine town plans including Havana, St. Domingo, Cartegena, Mexico City, Cusco, Potosi, I. la Mocha in Chile, Rio de Janeiro and Olinda in Brazil. This is one of the few maps of the Americas by this famous Dutch cartographer. The map itself is similar to Blaeu's wall map of 1608 with the additional discoveries of Henry Hudson in North America, and Tierra del Fuego with Le Maire Strait. This is the last state of the plate from a Latin edition.

References: Burden #189; Goss (Blaeu) p. 156; Tooley (Amer) p. 297.

Condition: B+

Nice old color with some minor overall toning and a mat burn in the blank margins. Backed with light Japanese tissue repairing some tears in the blank margins and one tiny tear that entered a border vignette at right.

Estimate: $6,000 - $7,500

Sold for: $4,500

Closed on 6/2/2010

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