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Auction 160, Lot 451

Map of Bermuda Based on Richard Norwood's Famous Survey in Full Original Color

"Mappa Aestivarum Insularum, Alias Barmudas Dictarum, ad Ostia Mexicani Aestuary Jacentium...", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Bermuda

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20.9 x 15.9 inches
53.1 x 40.4 cm
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This magnificent map is based on the famous survey by John Norwood of the Bermuda Company, also known as the Somers Isles Company, in 1618. The map shows the division into the original Tribes, a short-lived term for the major shareholders in the company, that became administrative parishes. 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 beautiful title cartouche features Neptune astride the Royal Arms, holding a fine ship. Further adorned with scale cartouches, coats of arms and a compass rose. The map uses a unique device 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 Hispanola, with a tiny island of Bermuda appearing just beneath the title cartouche. Latin text on verso, published between 1640-55.

References: Goss (Blaeu) p. 166; Palmer (MCC-19) #7; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9660:2.

Condition: A

Full original color on watermarked paper with a couple of unobtrusive spots in image, a small stain in top blank margin, and light toning along the edges of the sheet. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,300

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 11/16/2016