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  AMERICA 
 Eastern Seaboard 

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [Virginia & Florida]
Virginiæ partis australis, et Floridæ partis orientalis, interjacecentiumq. regionum Nova Descriptio. Amsterdam, 1640, Latin text. Original colour. 390 x 505mm. Minor marginal repairs well outside the printed area.
Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and northern Florida, with the English and French Royal Arms marking their areas of influence. Although much of the information dates back to Le Moyne (1565) and White (1590) Blaeu has reshaped the coastline and added a few new details, for example Jamestown and the Irish colony at Newport News on Chesapeake Bay. It has been claimed that to the left of the French armorial is a depiction of Niagra Falls, based on Indian hearsay and so well out of place. CUMMING: The South-East in Early Maps 41 - 'the most correct map of this area yet to appear'; KOEMAN: Bl 22.
[Ref: 10145]    £1,350.00 ($1,821 • €1,524 rates)


 West Indies 

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [Classic 17th century map of the West Indies]
Insulæ Americanæ in Oceano Septentrionali, cum Terris Adiacentibus. Amsterdam, 1640, French text edition. Original colour with gold highlights. 380 x 520mm.
One of the most famous antiquarian maps of the West Indies, also showing the mainland from Chesapeake Bay south to the mouth of the Orinoco. There are three decorative cartouches in full colour, for the title, dedication and scales. KOEMAN: Bl 17.
[Ref: 16811]    £1,700.00 ($2,293 • €1,919 rates)


 South America 

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [17th century map of Paraguay]
Paraguay, ó Prov. de Rio de la Plata cum regionibus adiacentibus Tucuman et Sta. Cruz de la Sierra. Amsterdam, 1635, German edition. Original colour 380 x 480mm. Very fine condition, wide margins.
Uruguay and northern Argentina, with the course of the Rio de la Plata. One of its tributaries reaches Cusco in Peru, and another approaches Potosi, the famous mountain of silver in Bolivia. This waterway became a major route for silver smugglers wishing to bypass official channels KOEMAN: Bl 8a.
[Ref: 10150]    £390.00 ($526 • €440 rates)


BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [17th century map of Venezuela]
Venezuela, cum parte Australi Novæ Andalusiæ. Amsterdam, 1640, Latin edition. Original colour. 380 x 490mm.
Venezuela, with the Windward Islands (including Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago) and Lesser Antilles (including Curaçao and Aruba). KOEMAN: Bl 22.
[Ref: 16813]    £580.00 ($782 • €655 rates)


 Brazil 

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [17th century map of Brazil]
Novus Brasiliæ Typus. Amsterdam, 1631, Latin text edition. Coloured. 380 x 495mm. Paper lightly toned overall.
Brazil, orientated with north to the right. The title cartouche is of two indians, an inset map shows the area around Salvador, and vignettes copied from de Bry show a hammock, goats, a battle and cannibals cooking lunch. The plate was engraved by Jodocus Hondius Jnr, son of the Jodocus who purchased the Mercator plates. When he died in 1629 many of his plates were sold to Blaeu, much to the chagrin of the Hondius firm run by Henricus Hondius and Jan Jansson, who were forced to rush the engraving of new plates. This is a very early example of Blaeu's printing, published in the third edition of his 'Appendix Theatri A. Ortelii', a year after his first atlas and four years before the first issue of his 'Novus Atlas'. KOEMAN: Bl 3.
[Ref: 17969]    £950.00 ($1,282 • €1,073 rates)


  ASIA 
 China 

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [Classic 17th century map of China]
China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame dicta. Amsterdam, c.1640, French text edition. Original colour. 415 x 500mm. Minor repairs at centre fold.
An early map of China, also showing Japan and the 'island' of Korea. A large title cartouche with exotic Chinese figures in full colour fills the gap top right, where the enigma of 'Ezo' was to confuse Europeans until the late 18th century.
[Ref: 17884]    £1,400.00 ($1,889 • €1,581 rates)


 Indonesia 

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [17th century map of the Dutch Spice Islands]
Moluccae Insulae Celeberimae Amsterdam, 1640, French text edition. Original colour. 375 x 480mm.
Chart of the islands of Ternate, Timor, Tidore and Makian, off the coast of Halmahera, orientated with north to the right with an insert map contained in a martial cartouche, of a trading post on Bachian Island. This chain was a focal point of the Dutch East India Company's lucrative spice trade, whose trading posts can be seen marked on the map. KOEMAN 2: 601B
[Ref: 12076]    £400.00 ($540 • €452 rates)


  AFRICA 
 Northern Africa 

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [The Empire of Prester John in central Africa]
Æthiopia Superior vel Interior; vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperium. Amsterdam, 1640, Latin edition. Original colour. 385 x 505mm.
A decorative map of Eastern Africa with the fictitious kingdom of Prester John, the mythical Christian king. The map shows a wide section of central and eastern Africa including Mozambique north to present day Sudan. Highly embellished with elephants, ostriches and other animals within the map, as well as the decorative cartouche. The two Ptolemaic lakes of Zaire and Zaflan are in the lower portion of the map. Lake Niger, and the supposed course of the Niger River, is shown flowing westward. This map is based on Ortelius' map of Prester John of 1573. The myth of Prester John, the good Christian King of Africa waging his own crusade and defeating the enemies of Christianity, was based upon earlier legends of the Crusaders and is a fascinating piece of early mythological cartographic history KOEMAN: Bl 22.
[Ref: 13304]    £600.00 ($809 • €677 rates)


  BRITISH ISLES 

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [17th century map of the British Isles]
Magnae Brittaniae et Hiberniae Tabula. Amsterdam, 1662. Latin-text edition. Original colour. 390 x 510mm. Small hole in bottom margin.
A decorative map of the British Isles, with an inset of the Orkneys, armorials and galleons. The map was first issued 1630, with vignette borders depicting costumes and towns; however that state only appeared that year after which the borders were cropped from the plate, as per this state. See SHIRLEY: British Isles 1477-1650, 423.
[Ref: 13380]    £950.00 ($1,282 • €1,073 rates)


 English Counties 

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [Rare sea-chart of Yorkshire and Durham]
De Noord-Cust van Engelandt tusschen Flamburger Hooft en de Rivier van Nicasteel. Amsterdam, 1623. 260 x 360mm. Trimmed at lateral edges.
A rare chart from Blaeu's 'Zeespiegel', showing from Flamborough Head north to Newcastle and the Tyne river, orientated with north to the right. KOEMAN: M. Bl 28.
[Ref: 12165]    £950.00 ($1,282 • €1,073 rates)


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