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Auction 180, Lot 32

"Regiones Sub Polo Arctico", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20.7 x 16.1 inches
52.6 x 40.9 cm

This important prototype map of the Arctic incorporates new information from the explorations of Capt. Thomas James with the bay named for him labeled here James his Bay. The Arctic coast of Russia provides information from Willem Barentsz' voyage and Spitsbergen is shown according the Danish expedition of James Hall. Rhumb lines radiate from the North Pole and a large title cartouche, with two figures and numerous wind heads, conveniently hides the northwest coast of America. The map is further decorated with several compass roses, ships and an additional cartouche that features men in parkas, a polar bear and foxes. This is the first state, prior to the dedication being added by Johannes Blaeu. Latin text on verso, published between 1640-43.

References: Burden #252; Goss (Blaeu) #2; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #0020:2.1.

Condition: B+

A sharp, early impression with professional repairs to some separations along the centerfold, professionally and seamlessly remargined at left, right, and top.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $500

Closed on 11/18/2020