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Auction 169, Lot 414

Map of Bermuda Based on Richard Norwood's Famous Survey

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

Subject: Bermuda

Period: 1638 (published)

Publication: Le Theatre du Monde

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. French text on verso.

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

Condition: A

A nice impression on sturdy, watermarked paper with very minor toning along the centerfold, an archivally repaired tear in the bottom blank margin, and light damp stains along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,300

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 9/12/2018