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Auction 151, Lot 437

"Mappa Aestivarum Insularum, Alias Barmudas Dictarum, ad Ostia Mexicani Aestuary Jacentium...", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Bermuda

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Hand Color

14.1 x 11.5 inches
35.8 x 29.2 cm

Montanus' work was perhaps the greatest illustrated book on the New World produced in the seventeenth century. It contained over one hundred beautifully engraved plates, views, and maps of North and South America. The plates vividly depict forts, festivals, occupations, Dutch fleets, battles, religious rites, and customs of the native inhabitants. This important work was translated into German by Olivier Dapper, and into English by John Ogilby. Several of the plates were later acquired by Pierre Vander Aa.

This attractive map is based on Blaeu's chart of the island (1635), which in turn was based on the famous survey by Richard Norwood of the Bermuda Company published in 1626. The map shows the division into the original Tribes, or shares and shows the various landowners with their names in a table below the map. Bermuda was colonized in 1612, just shortly after Jamestown in 1606. Roanoke Colony had already failed by this time, but it is noted on the map and in the cartouche. The map uses Blaeu's previous projection to show Bermuda's correct proportion and position in the North Atlantic by superimposing this map over a smaller scale map of the Atlantic with the coastlines of Britain, North America and Hispaniola, with a tiny island of Bermuda appearing just beneath the title cartouche. The map is decorated with an aquatic themed title cartouche, including Neptune riding a pair of sea monsters, surrounded by putti. The scale of miles cartouche shows a vignette of natives and Englishmen surveying the land, and the coats-of-arms for England and Bermuda are displayed at top.

References: Palmer (MCC-19) #12.

Condition: A

A fine impression with attractive color on watermarked paper. There is a hint of offsetting and a printer's crease adjacent to centerfold.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $600

Closed on 11/19/2014