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: 1664 (published)
Publication: Grooten Atlas
Color: Black & White
22.5 x 17.6 inches
57.2 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 Dutch text edition of the Atlas Maior.
References: Burden #371, Goss (Blaeu) p. 158; Kershaw #149; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9130:2.
A dark impression on a watermarked sheet with light printer's ink residue, a bit of toning along the centerfold, and some show-through of text on verso.