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Auction 164, Lot 99

Blaeu's Only Map of Canada, Showing the Canadian Maritimes

"Extrema Americae Versus Boream, ubi Terra Nova Nova Francia, Adjacentiaq.", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Eastern Canada

Period: 1662 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

22.3 x 17.6 inches
56.6 x 44.7 cm

This handsome map of the Canadian Maritimes is based on Samuel de Champlain's great map of 1632, and augmented with place names from De Laet and Jansson. This is Blaeu's only map of Canada. It shows Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Labrador and the Davis and Hudson Straits as well as the southern tip of Greenland and a portion of northern Maine. The elaborate cartouches symbolize the importance of the Grand Banks fisheries, which are boldly engraved on the map. Only five editions of the Atlas Maior, containing this map, were published prior to the fire that destroyed the Blaeu printing house in 1672. Thus the map is now quite scarce. Published in the Latin text edition of the Atlas Major.

References: Burden #371, Goss (Blaeu) p. 158; Kershaw #149; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9130:2.

Condition: B+

A crisp impression on paper with a large elephant watermark, original outline color in the map and later color in the cartouches. There is light toning and some show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 9/13/2017