Auction 137, Lot 134

"Septemtrionaliora Americae a Groenlandia, per Freta Davidis et Hudson, ad Terram Novam / De Noordelyckste Zee Kusten van America van Groenland door de Straet Davis ende Straet Hudson tot Terra Neuf", Ottens/De Wit

Subject: Canada and Greenland

Period: 1745 (published)

Publication: Atlas van Zeevaart en Koophandel door de Geheele Weereldt

Color: Black & White

22 x 19 inches
55.9 x 48.3 cm

This is the fourth state of De Wit's fine chart of Hudson Bay and Arctic Canada. This beautifully engraved chart was based on Van Loon's important chart of 1666 and includes Hudson Bay and Strait, Baffin Bay and extends to include the western coast of Greenland. The chart shows an erroneous second bay next to James Bay named The Great Bay, (an exaggeration of Rupert Bay), and Mansel Island is named as Mansfeld Island. An inset map at upper-left details Visch Baay (Disko Bugt), along the west coast of Greenland. The chart is richly embellished with a sailing ship, rhumb lines and two elaborate cartouches - the second with a Dutch title.

References: Kershaw #212.

Condition: A

A dark impression on bright paper, with a few minute wormholes at top, only visible when held to light. A few small chips in blank margins have been professionally repaired, and there is some marginal soiling. Overall near fine.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $650

Closed on 9/14/2011