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Auction 92, Lot 67

"Americae nova Tabula", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

21.7 x 16.2 inches
55.1 x 41.1 cm

One of the few maps of the Americas by this famous Dutch cartographer. It is a superb example of the fine art of decorative cartography with ships and sea monsters embellishing the map. Panels at sides each contain five portraits of figures of the native inhabitants of the two continents. Across the top are nine town plans including Mexico City, Havana, Cartegena, and Rio de Janeiro. The map itself is similar to Blaeu's wall map of 1608 with the addition of the discoveries of Henry Hudson and Tierra del Fuego with le Maire Strait. This is the fourth state of the plate with the coastline of Terra Australis Incognita deleted, but the name left behind, from a Latin edition. $4,750 RESERVE

References: Burden #189, Tooley (America) plt. 169.

Condition: B

Nice example of this beautiful map with old color. Some centerfold restoration with a bit of expert facsimile and a couple of small marginal tears (repaired).

Estimate: $5,500 - $6,000

Sold for: $6,000

Closed on 9/13/2000