Blaeu's Only Map of Canada, Showing the Canadian Maritimes
"Extrema Americae Versus Boream, ubi Terra Nova Nova Francia, Adjacentiaqs", Blaeu, Johannes
Subject: Eastern Canada
Period: 1664 (published)
Publication: Grooten Atlas
Color: Hand Color
22.3 x 17.5 inches
56.6 x 44.5 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 Dutch text edition of the Atlas Maior.
See also lot 773 for Philip Burden's The Mapping of North America and lot 769 for Kershaw's Early Printed Maps of Canada that both discuss this map.
References: Burden #371, Goss (Blaeu) p. 158; Kershaw #149; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9130:2.
A dark impression with light printer's ink residue, some soiling and creasing adjacent to the centerfold, and a couple of other minor spots. The top edge of the sheet has heavy soiling and a number of chips and tears, all well away from the image.