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Auction 98, Lot 59

"Americae nova Tabula", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1635 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

21.8 x 16 inches
55.4 x 40.6 cm
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This carte-a-figures map is 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 Latin edition with the coastline of Terra Australis Incognita deleted, but the name left behind.

References: Burden #189; Tooley (Amer) plt. 169.

Condition: A

Fine impression and original color. Professional repair of lower centerfold.

Estimate: $7,500 - $8,000

Sold for: $6,500

Closed on 3/6/2002