Auction 136, Lot 112

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

Subject: Canada

Period: 1662 (published)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

22.3 x 17.5 inches
56.6 x 44.5 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. Only five editions of the Atlas Maior, containing this map, were published prior to the fire that destroyed the Blaeu printing house in 1672. Thus the map is now quite scarce. Latin text on verso.

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

Condition: A

Wide margins and original hand color. Minor toning in blank margins.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,300

Sold for: $2,100

Closed on 6/1/2011