Auction 149, Lot 404

"Mappa Aestivarum Insularum, Alias Barmudas Dictarum, ad Ostia Mexicani Aestuary Jacetium...", Hondius/Jansson

Subject: Bermuda

Period: 1653 (circa)

Publication: Nuevo Atlas

Color: Hand Color

Size:
20.4 x 15.5 inches
51.8 x 39.4 cm

A striking map based on the famous survey by Richard Norwood of the Bermuda Company, also known as the Somers Isles Company, in 1618. The map shows the division into the original Tribes, which were a short-lived name for what became administrative parishes, and were names of major shareholders in the company. Also shown are the various landowners, with their names in a table below the map. There are many tiny houses shown on the map, locating settlements, as well as minute cannons marking the defensible points. The map is superimposed over a chart of the Atlantic with the coastlines of Britain, North America and Hispaniola showing the location of Bermuda. Decorated with an exquisite strapwork cartouche, a coat of arms, a medallion and a compass rose. Jansson reissued Hondius' plate with his imprint between 1647 and 1666. Spanish text on verso, published between 1653-66.

References: Palmer (MCC-19) #11; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9660:1.2.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with wide margins and professionally repaired centerfold separations that enter into map 1" at top and 2" at bottom. There is minor soiling and a faint damp stain at left.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $750

Closed on 5/21/2014

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