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Auction 94, Lot 64

"Americae nova Tabula", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1642 (circa)

Publication: Novus Atlas

Color: Hand Color

21.7 x 16.2 inches
55.1 x 41.1 cm
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A superb example of the fine art of decorative cartography with ships and sea monsters embellishing the map. Panels at sides, each with 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. This is one of the few maps of the Americas by this famous Dutch cartographer. The map itself is similar to Blaeu's wall map of 1608 with the additional discoveries of Henry Hudson and Tierra del Fuego with le Maire Strait. This is the third state of the plate from a German edition with the coastline of Terra Australis Incognita deleted, but the name left behind. $6500 RESERVE.

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

Condition: A+

Extremely fine example of this beautiful map with superb color.

Estimate: $7,500 - $8,000

Sold for: $7,000

Closed on 3/7/2001