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1644 W. Blaeu signature map of the Arctic

Place/Date: Amsterdam / 1644
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Title: Regiones Sub Polo Arctico
Dimensions
41 x 53 cm (16.1 x 20.9 in)
Identifier
NL-00415
Coloring
Old color
Condition Rating
VG

Description

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.

Verso text: Dutch.

Cartographer(s)

Willem Blaeu

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.

Condition Description

Excellent condition. Paper with some age toning.

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