"Regiones Sub Polo Arctico", Blaeu, Willem
Subject: North Pole
Period: 1643 (circa)
Publication: Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas
Color: Hand Color
20.9 x 16.3 inches
53.1 x 41.4 cm
This important prototype map of the Arctic incorporates new information from the explorations of Capt. Thomas James with the bay named for him labeled here James his Bay. The Arctic coast of Russia provides information from Willem Barentsz' voyage and Spitsbergen is shown according the Danish expedition of James Hall. Rhumb lines radiate from the North Pole and a large title cartouche, with two figures and numerous wind heads, conveniently hides the northwest coast of America. The map is further decorated with several compass roses, ships and an additional cartouche that features men in parkas, a polar bear and foxes. Dedication to Guilielmo Backer de Corneliis (with Johanes Blaeu's imprint), indicates this issue is from the second state of the plate. French text on verso, published between 1643-50.
References: Burden #252; Goss (Blaeu) #2; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #0020:2.2.
A nice impression with attractive old color on watermarked paper with light damp stains at right and left.