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  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 ($1,337 • €1,203 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 ($1,033 • €930 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]    £400.00 ($486 • €438 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 ($1,458 • €1,313 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 ($1,033 • €930 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 ($911 • €821 rates)


 India 

BLAEU, Johannes. [17th century map of the Mogol Empire in northern India]
Magni Mogolis Imperium. Amsterdam: c.1640, Latin text. Original colour. 370 x 500mm.
A detailed map of the Mogul Empire, showing northern India, parts of Afghanistan and Bengal. It is based on information supplied by Sir Thomas Roe (c.1581-1644), ambassador to the emperor Jahangir between 1615-8. At a time that roads were not usually shown on maps, this marks his route to the court as a line of villages from Surat via Agra, Delhi and Lahore, through the Khyber Pass to Jalalabad and Kabul in Afghanistan. His route was a southern spur of the Silk Road, making this one of the few contemporary maps to include such information.
[Ref: 18848]    £480.00 ($583 • €525 rates)


 Arabia 

BLAEU, Johannes. [Highly decorative 17th century map of Arabia]
Arabia. Amsterdam, 1665, Dutch text edition. Original colour with gold highlights. 420 x 535mm. A superb example
The very first issue of this fine map of Arabia which, due to the lack of new information, still depicts the peninsula divided into the three Roman Provinces, using the Ptolemaic names: ' Arabia Felix', 'Arabia Petraea' and 'Arabia Deserta'. 'Arabia Felix', Latin for 'Loyal Arabia' covers the majority of the Peninsula, even though the term relates to the comparatively fertile regions of present day Asir and Yemen. 'Arabia Petraea' (Stony Arabia) is located in North West Arabia and was a frontier province of imperial Rome. 'Arabia Deserta' refers to the desert interior, which was populated by nomadic tribes who frequently invaded richer lands, of which the cartographic detail is mostly imaginary. TIBBETTS: 108; KOEMAN: Bl 57.
[Ref: 19609]    £4,750.00 ($5,771 • €5,197 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 ($1,033 • €930 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 ($1,154 • €1,039 rates)


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