1644 W. Blaeu - Regiones Sub Polo Arctico
SOLD: 1644 W. Blaeu signature map of the Arctic
Regiones Sub Polo Arctico
Willem Janszoon Blaeu
41 x 53 cm (16.1 x 20.9 in)
Attractive strong original colors
This map depicts northern polar regions with radiating rhumb lines 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.
Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) founded one of history's greatest cartographic publishing firms in 1599. This map is indicative of the duplication by the firms of Blaeu and Hondius/Jansson. In this case, Blaeu has copied a Janssonius map of 1637.
Verso text: Dutch.
Excellent condition. Paper with some age toning.
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