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  WORLD 
 World Maps 

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [A fabulous example of Blaeu's famous carte à figures world map]
Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula. Amsterdam, c.1635, French text edition. Fine original colour. 410 x 540mm.
Shirley describes this world map as a 'classic single-sheet world map on Mercator's projection... celebrated as one of the supreme examples of the map maker's art'. It set the standard for vignette borders, with allegorical figures representing the sun, moon & known planets along the top, the Four Elements on the left, the Four Seasons on the right, and depictions of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World along the bottom. There are decorative cartouches for the title, dedication and explanation, two spheres for the north and south poles, compass roses and numerous galleons and sea monsters. Engraved by Josua van den Ende and originally issued separately in 1606 (under Blaeu's original name of Janszoon), this example comes from the fourth state, which dates from its use in Blaeu's atlases from 1630, with the first French edition issued 1635. As the earlier states were separate issues they are increasingly difficult to find. SHIRLEY: World 255.
[Ref: 18589]    £14,000.00 ($17,808 • €15,610 rates)


  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 ($1,717 • €1,505 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 ($2,162 • €1,896 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 ($496 • €435 rates)


BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [A classic 17th century map of Peru]
Peru. Amsterdam, c.1645, French text edition. Original colour. 380 x 490mm.
A map of Peru, orientated with north to the left, also showing most of Equador and northern Chile, Potosi, the famous mountain of silver, is named. 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.
[Ref: 17972]    £560.00 ($712 • €624 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 ($1,208 • €1,059 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 ($1,781 • €1,561 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 ($763 • €669 rates)


 Southern Africa 

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [17th century map of Southern Africa]
Æthiopia Inferior vel Exterior. Partes magis Septentrionales, que hic desiderantus, vide in tabula Æthiopiæ Superioris. Amsterdam, 1665, Dutch text edition. Original colour. 385 x 505mm. Near mint condition
A map of Africa below the Equator, with Congo, Angola and Zanzibar, based on Portuguse surveys, decorated with a cartouche with natives holding up an animal skin with the map's title. The map objective of the founder of the Dutch colony at the Cape of Good Hope, Jan van Riebeeck, was to gather such skins to Japan. TOOLEY: Africa, p.29, illustrated on frontis.; NORWICH: Africa 154, & Southern Africa, p.36-37, both illus.
[Ref: 17998]    £765.00 ($973 • €853 rates)


  BRITISH ISLES 

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [Classic decorative map of the British Isles]
Magnae Brittaniae et Hiberniae Tabula. Amsterdam, c.1650, blank verso. Original colour. 395 x 500mm. Pair of faint creases.
A decorative map of the British Isles, with an inset of the Orkneys, armorials and galleons. The map was first issued in 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: 13649]    £950.00 ($1,208 • €1,059 rates)


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