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Auction 98, Lot 32

"Regiones Sub Polo Arctico", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1645 (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 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. Dedication to Guilielmo Backer de Corneliis, which indicates this issue is from the second state of the plate.

References: Burden #252.

Condition: B

Fine original color. Light scattered foxing with slight creasing along centerfold.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,100

Sold for: $650

Closed on 3/6/2002