Auction 136, Lot 386

"Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali cum Terris adiacentibus", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean

Period: 1642 (circa)

Publication: Novus Atlas

Color: Hand Color

20.7 x 14.8 inches
52.6 x 37.6 cm

This fine map centered on the West Indies reflects the firsthand knowledge of Hessel Gerritsz during his voyage to South America and the West Indies undertaken in 1628. It covers the same region as the Gerritsz map of 1631; from Chesapeake Bay to the northern coastline of South America, with the addition of the west coast of Central America. The nomenclature in North America is virtually identical with the notable addition of the name Virginia. The nomenclature was probably derived from a Spanish chart as it lacks any French influence. The map is richly adorned with three lovely cartouches, sailing ships, rhumb lines and compass roses. German text on verso.

References: Burden #242.

Condition: A

Original color and nice dark impression. Some light toning and a few spots of foxing, still overall very good.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,300

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 6/1/2011