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Auction 188, Lot 284

"Canibales Insulae", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Lesser Antilles

Period: 1663 (published)

Publication: Le Grand Atlas...

Color: Hand Color

21 x 16.4 inches
53.3 x 41.7 cm
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This is the first Dutch map to focus on the Lesser Antilles. It covers the Windward and Leeward Isles from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Margarita. Centered on a compass rose with north at right, the chart is less decorative than other maps by Blaeu, having instead a practical navigational chart appearance. The title - Islands of the Cannibals - is certainly evocative. It illustrates the European impression of the mysterious islands of the New World resulting from many explorers' accounts of the savage Caribbean warriors who devoured their prisoners. Blaeu's map appeared only in editions of the great Atlas Maior from 1662-1670, thus it is relatively uncommon. French text on verso.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #70; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) 9640:2.

Condition: A

On a watermarked sheet with the Greek god Atlas. There is a very faint dampstain at bottom that just touches the border.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $450

Closed on 6/22/2022