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  ATLASES 

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon & Johannes. [Blaeu's three-volume atlas in very fine colour]
Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive Atlas novus. Amsterdam: Johannes & Cornelis Blaeu, 1644-9. Three vols, folio, contemporary Dutch gilt-embossed vellum, lacking some ties; five engraved titles, half title in vol. 1; 275 double-page maps, three in text, as called for, all in fine original hand colour.
A very fine example of Blaeu's Theatrum atlas in three volumes. The first volume contains the world map on Mercator's Projection, the Arctic Circle and other countries of North Europe; the first part of the second volume contains France and the second part Asia, Africa and America; the third and final part contains Italy & Greece, with a supplement of four maps (British Isles, England & Wales, Scotland & Ireland), pre-dating the publication of Volume IV of the series, the British and English & Wales county atlas, in 1645.
[Ref: 18598]    £85,000.00 ($113,900 • €96,985 rates)


  WORLD 
 Polar Maps 

BLAEU, Johannes. [A map of the early exploration of the Arctic Circle]
Regiones sub Polo Arctico. Amsterdam, c.1645, French text edition. Fine original colour. 410 x 630mm.
The Arctic Circle, showing European attempts to find the North West and North East Passages. In Arctic America the preponderance of English names shows the importance of the English explorers in the region, trying to circumvent the Spanish control of routes to the East Indies. On Greenland the entrance to 'M. Forbischers Straet' is marked and in Arctic Russia the names are those given by the Dutch explorers such as Berentz. At the top of the map is a title cartouche depicting wind-heads, a European explorer with a brazier on his lap and a white cannibal, and a scale cartouche with hunters and a polar bear. The European is Henry Hudson, whose explorations in Hudson's Bay (which he called 'a labyrinth without end') ended in 1611 when he was forced into a small boat and cast adrift by a mutinous crew. He was never seen again and it is assumed that his crew would have turned to eating each other to survive. This is an example of the second state of the map, with the dedication added c.1645. It is a direct copy of Jansson's map, but it is interesting that the engraver copied the Baltic Sea's name but not the coastline! BURDEN: 252.
[Ref: 18265]    £1,100.00 ($1,474 • €1,255 rates)


  AMERICA 
 Eastern Seaboard 

BLAEU, Johannes. [The earliest obtainable view of New York City]
Nieuw Amsterdam op t Eylant Manhattans. Amsterdam, c.1650. Etching, printed border 75 x 310mm. Corner of left bottom margin repaired, not affecting printed area; otherwise a very fine example.
A rare and important early prospect of 'New Amsterdam', only the second view to be published and now the earliest available to the collector. It shows the Dutch colony at a time of crisis, when the Board of Nine sent a petition to the council of the Dutch West India Company complaining about conditions and mismanagement of the colony's affairs by the Director-General Peter Stuyvesant. Blaeu published this view not in one of his grand atlases but as a loose print, printed anonymously to accompany a political pamphlet, 'Vertoogh van Nieu-Neder-Land', which drew public attention to the plight of the New Amsterdam colonists under Stuyvesant. The colonists had sent Adriaen van der Donck to Amsterdam in 1649 to petition the Council with a written 'Remonstrance of the Commonality of New Netherland', asking for Stuyvesant to be recalled. It included this view of New Amsterdam to show the conditions in the small settlement, with only ten points worthy of inclusion in the key. These include the fort, windmill, flagpole (to guide ships to port), church, Company's Warehouse and, to emphasise the brutality of life there, the prison and gibbet complete with hanging body. The unlisted wooden 'crane' in the centre is a fire-basket signal pole for signalling at night. The 'Remonstrance' also included a map of the region showing how the colony was in danger of being overwhelmed by the English and calling for more aid. Van der Donck's map was copied and published by Jan Jansson (as 'Nova Belgii...', 1650); it and Blaeu's view were both originally issued anonymously because of the political implications of supporting a near-revolt in the colonies. Despite the support of the two publishers the 'Remonstrance' was ignored: Stuyvesant remained Director General until 1664, with a regime noted for its religious intolerance. In August that year the colony was taken by the English with only 450 men. A feature of Blaeu's etching is that it lacks a plate mark, having been one of several views printed from one printing plate and cut into separate sheets for issue. It soon became the standard view of New Amsterdam: shortly afterwards Nicolaes Visscher published a corrected version of Jansson's map and added the prospect in the bottom right corner and as he was the first publisher to admit to his work the 'New Amsterdam' became known as the Visscher view. In 1991 a pen, ink and watercolour sketch was uncovered in the Albertina Collection of the Austrian National Gallery, which is believed to be the prototype. DE KONING: From Van der Donck to Visscher (Mercator's World Vol 5, no 4, 2000).
[Ref: 15516]    £10,000.00 ($13,400 • €11,410 rates)


 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 ($1,139 • €970 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 ($804 • €685 rates)


  ASIA 
 China 

BLAEU, Johannes. [The first western map of the Chinese province of Shandong]
Xantung, Sinarum Imperii Provincia Quarta. Amsterdam, 1658, Spanish text edition. Coloured, with gold highlights. 400 x 495mm.
A 17th century map of Shandong, published in the 'Novus Atlas Sinensis', the first Western atlas of China, compiled from the maps supplied by Martino Martini, a Jesuit missionary who travelled through China 1643-1650. KOEMAN: Bl 60a.
[Ref: 18174]    £1,200.00 ($1,608 • €1,369 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [The first western map of the Chinese province of Hunan]
Huquang, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Septima. Amsterdam, 1658, Spanish text edition. Coloured, with gold highlights. 410 x 490mm.
A 17th century map of Hunan, published in the 'Novus Atlas Sinensis', the first Western atlas of China, compiled from the maps supplied by Martino Martini, a Jesuit missionary who travelled through China 1643-1650. KOEMAN: Bl 60a.
[Ref: 18175]    £750.00 ($1,005 • €856 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [The first western map of the Chinese province of Fujian]
Fokien, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Unidecima. Amsterdam, 1658, Spanish text edition. Coloured, with gold highlights. 410 x 490mm.
A 17th century map of Fujian, published in the 'Novus Atlas Sinensis', the first Western atlas of China, compiled from the maps supplied by Martino Martini, a Jesuit missionary who travelled through China 1643-1650. KOEMAN: Bl 60a.
[Ref: 18176]    £1,100.00 ($1,474 • €1,255 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [The first western map of the Chinese province of Guangxi]
Quangsi, Sinarum Imperii Provincia Decimatertia. Amsterdam, 1658, Spanish text edition. Coloured, with gold highlights. 410 x 490mm.
A 17th century map of Guangxi, published in the 'Novus Atlas Sinensis', the first Western atlas of China, compiled from the maps supplied by Martino Martini, a Jesuit missionary who travelled through China 1643-1650. KOEMAN: Bl 60a.
[Ref: 18177]    £850.00 ($1,139 • €970 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [The first western map of the Chinese province of Shanxi]
Xansi, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Secunda. Amsterdam, 1658, Spanish edition but blank verso. Coloured, with gold highlights. 410 x 490mm. Repairs in edges of margin.
A 17th century map of Shanxi, published in the 'Novus Atlas Sinensis', the first Western atlas of China, compiled from the maps supplied by Martino Martini, a Jesuit missionary who travelled through China 1643-1650. KOEMAN: Bl 60a.
[Ref: 18173]    £750.00 ($1,005 • €856 rates)


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