Auction 140, Lot 362

"Canibales Insulae", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Lesser Antilles

Period: 1662 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Maior sive Geographia

Color: Hand Color

21 x 16.5 inches
53.3 x 41.9 cm

This is the first Dutch map to focus on the Lesser Antilles. It covers the Windward and Leeward Isles from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Margarita. Centered on a compass rose with north at right, the chart is less decorative than other maps by Blaeu, having instead a practical navigational chart appearance. The title - Islands of the Cannibals - is certainly evocative. It illustrates the European impression of the mysterious islands of the New World resulting from many explorers' accounts of the savage Caribbean warriors who devoured their prisoners. Blaeu's map appeared only in editions of the great Atlas Maior from 1662, thus it is relatively uncommon. Latin text on verso.

References: Goss (Blaeu) p. 162.

Condition: B

Lightly toned, watermarked paper with a few faint spots and light show-through of text on verso. There is some scattered foxing primarily in the blank margins and a small hole in right blank margin, not affecting map image.

Estimate: $750 - $900

Sold for: $750

Closed on 5/23/2012