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  WORLD 
 World Maps 

BLAEU, Johannes. [Joannes Blaeu's double-hemisphere world map with colouring attributed to Dirk Janszoon van Santen]
Nova et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula. Amsterdam,1662, Latin text edition. Exceptional original colour, with gold and silver highlights. 415 x 540mm. Repair to split in centre fold in lower margin.
A new double-hemisphere world map, drawn up by Johannes Blaeu to replace the map first issued by his father Willem in 1606 and used in their atlases from 1630. This example probably coloured by one of the most famous Dutch colourists Dirk Janszoon van Santen. This new map is a great departure in style, being double-hemisphere rather than the former Mercator Projection map. Above the map are allegorical figures of the planets, the sun & moon, with two cartographers at the sides. Underneath are allegorical figures of the Four Seasons, each drawn by either birds or animals. The cartography is much improved, with the removal of the Great Southern Continent and more contemporary and the addition of the pre-Cook outlines of Australia and New Zealand. Unfortunately Blaeu has chosen to show California as an island, dropping the peninsular depiction of his father. This example comes from the first issue of the 'Atlas Major', the first atlas to contain this map. SHIRLEY: World 428.
[Ref: 16806]    £20,000.00 ($26,000 • €23,200 rates)


  AMERICA 
 West Indies 

BLAEU, Johannes. [17th century chart of the Lesser Antilles]
Canibales Insulæ. Amsterdam, c.1662, blank verso. Original colour with additions. 420 x 530mm. Some creasing flattened.
The Lesser Antilles, orientated with north to the right, showing from eastern Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to Trinidad and the Venezuelan coast. As the map only appeared from 1662 in the Americas volume of Blaeu's final atlas, the 'Atlas Major', it is comparatively uncommon.
[Ref: 15193]    £850.00 ($1,105 • €986 rates)


 Brazil 

BLAEU, Johannes. [Bahia de Todos los Sanctos]
Sinus Omnium Sanctoru. Amsterdam, 1662, Latin edition. Original colour with additions. 385 x 500mm.
The Bay of Santos, with an inset plan of San Salvador and a scroll title cartouche. As the map only appeared from 1662 in the Americas volume of Blaeu's final atlas, the 'Atlas Major', it is comparatively uncommon. KOEMAN: Bl 56.
[Ref: 10057]    £600.00 ($780 • €696 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [A sheet from the Blaeu Wall map of Brazil]
Praefecturae de Paraiba, et Rio Grande. Amsterdam, 1663, French edition. Original colour. 425 x 540mm.
A map of the provinces of Paraiba and Rio Grande do Norte, a sheet from Blaeu's nine-sheet wall map of north-west Brazil, 'Brasilia qua parte paret Belgis', 1646-7. The unexplored interior was filled with scenes of the Dutch-controlled sugar industry (then supplying Europe with 70% of its sugar). For the 1662 issue of the 'Atlas Major' the four coastal sheets were re-engraved with new titles and issued as separate maps, as this example, although the engraved join guidelines can still be seen. This sheet also has armorials for the two provinces and three vignettes of the three sea battles of 1640 that extended their control over Olinda and Recife. Because they only appeared as separate maps from 1662 the maps are comparatively rare for Blaeu's atlas maps. KOEMAN: Bl 58; See Map Collector 28, p. 2-3 for Helen Wallis's description of the wall map in the British Library.
[Ref: 14209]    £2,000.00 ($2,600 • €2,320 rates)


  ASIA 
 India 

BLAEU, Johannes. [The Mughal Empire in northern India]
Magni Mogolis Imperium. Amsterdam: 1662, Latin text. Coloured. 370 x 500mm.
The Mughal Empire, showing northern India, parts of Afghanistan and Bengal. Although much of the interior is blank or filled with vignette elephants and camels, the important trade routes can be traced by the strings of town names. Of particular interest is the route from Surat in Gujarat to Agra, Delhi and Lahore, through the Khyber Pass to Jelalabad and Kabul: this was a southern spur of the Silk Road, KOEMAN 2: 601B.
[Ref: 10893]    £450.00 ($585 • €522 rates)


  AFRICA 
 Northern Africa 

BLAEU, Johannes. [Morocco]
Fezzæ et Marocchi Regna Africæ Celeberrima, describebat Abrah: Ortelius. Amsterdam, c.1640, French text edition, original colour, 380 x 500mm
A very fine map after Ortelius, depicting Morocco oriented to the west. With a decorative title cartouche in the lower left hand corner surmounted by satyrs bearing crescent moon banners. Galleons sail and are locked in conflict off the coast.
[Ref: 10078]    £350.00 ($455 • €406 rates)


  BRITISH ISLES 
 English Counties 

BLAEU, Johannes. [17th century map of Devon]
Devonia vulgo Devonshire. Amsterdam, 1646-, blank verso. Original colour. 395 x 500mm. Stain on right edge, printer's crease.
Decorative antique map of Devon, with a Royal crest, decorative cartouches for title and scale and eight family coats of arms plus two blanks at right. Koeman does not list an edition with blank reverses.
[Ref: 12214]    £850.00 ($1,105 • €986 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [17th century map of Cambridgeshire in vibrant original colours]
Cantabrigiensis Comitatus. Cambridge Shire. Amsterdam, 1646-, blank verso. Original colour. 425 x 520mm. Narrow top margin, old ink mss. number in top border, stain in left margin
Decorative antique map of Cambridge, with two Royal crests, a title cartouche, 17 crests relating to the colleges plus one blank and seven family coats of arms plus one blank. Koeman does not list an edition with blank reverses.
[Ref: 12215]    £950.00 ($1,235 • €1,102 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [17th century map of Leicestershire in vibrant original colours]
Leicestensis Comitatus, Leicestershire. Amsterdam, 1646-, blank verso. Original colour. 380 x 495mm. Old ink mss. number in top margin, small tear in lower margin repaired.
Decorative antique map of Leicestershire, with two Royal crests, fine cartouches for title and scale, and eight family coats of arms plus two blanks. Koeman does not list an edition with blank reverses.
[Ref: 12216]    £550.00 ($715 • €638 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [Map of Essex published during the English Civil War]
Essexia Comitatus. Amsterdam, c.1646, German text edition. Original colour. 420 x 530mm, with wide margins.
Decorative map of the county of Essex, with armorials, a royal crest and putti. Bottom left is a little depiction of London, with the old St Paul's Cathedral. On verso is a diagram of ancient barrows with deep burial chambers. KOEMAN: Bl 47b.
[Ref: 16106]    £650.00 ($845 • €754 rates)


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