SOLD: 1644 W. Blaeu - Regiones Sub Polo Arctico

SOLD: 1644 W. Blaeu signature map of the Arctic

Title:

Regiones Sub Polo Arctico

Map maker:

Willem Janszoon Blaeu

Place and Year:

Amsterdam, 1644

Dimensions:

41 x 53 cm (16.1 x 20.9 in)

Technique:

Copperplate engraving

Coloring:

Attractive strong original colors

Condition Rating:

VG+

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DETAILS

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.

CONDITION NOTES

Excellent condition. Paper with some age toning.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00415

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