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Auction 94, Lot 45

"Regiones Sub Polo Arctico", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1638 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.7 x 16 inches
52.6 x 40.6 cm
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One of the many cases of duplication by the firms of Blaeu and Hondius/Jansson. In this case, Blaeu has copied Jansson's map of 1637. It depicts rhumb lines radiating from the North Pole. A large title cartouche, with two figures and numerous wind heads, conveniently hides the unknown 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 of the plate. Lovely outline color on map and fully colored decorations including gold highlights in the compass roses.

References: Burden #252.

Condition: B

Expert repair of centerfold and some faint offsetting.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,200

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 3/7/2001