Auction 134, Lot 385

"Mappa Aestivarum Insularum, alias Barmudas Dictarum…", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Bermuda

Period: 1631 (published)


Color: Hand Color

20.7 x 15.5 inches
52.6 x 39.4 cm

This magnificent map is based on the famous survey by John Norwood of the Bermuda Company in 1618. The map shows the division into the original eight tribes and shows the various landowners, with their names in a table below the map. The beautiful title cartouche features Neptune astride the Royal Arms, holding a fine ship. Further adorned with scale cartouches, coats of arms and a compass rose. The map uses a unique device to show Bermuda's correct proportion and position in the North Atlantic by superimposing this map over a smaller scale map of the Atlantic with the coastlines of Britain, North America and Hispanola, with a tiny island of Bermuda appearing just beneath the title cartouche. French text on verso.

References: Goss (Blaeu) p. 166; Palmer (MCC-19) #7.

Condition: B

Sound example that is evenly toning. Full margins and nice impression with the original coloring somewhat faded. There is some paper abrasion in Pembroke and more above and left of cartouche, likely from insects.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $900

Closed on 12/1/2010