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  AMERICA 
 Bermuda 

HONDIUS, Henricus. [Richard Norwood's map of Bermuda]
Mappa Aestivarum Insularum Alias Barmudas. Amsterdam, 1633, Dutch edition. Original colour. 395 x 515mm. Reinforced with archivist's tissue on reverse.
Richard Norwood's map of Bermuda, engraved by Hondius from the Speed map of 1627. Henricus's older brother, Jodocus Hondius II, had already engraved a version of the map for the family firm, but had sold the copper plates of several maps to Willem Blaeu, who used them as the core of his new atlas, forcing Henricus to engrave another. A later state has Hondius's name removed and replaced with that of Johannes Jansson. A miniature version of the map has been inserted just under the title cartouche to show the position of the islands against the American mainland, seen across the top. This led later cartographers, including Moll, Le Rouge and Zatta (in 1778!) to include the miniature as an extra island. KOEMAN: Me37; PALMER: p.14, plate XI.
[Ref: 13951]    £1,200.00 ($1,584 • €1,344 rates)


BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [A classic collector's map of Bermuda in original colour]
Mappa Aestivarum Insularum Alias Barmudas. Amsterdam, 1662, Latin edition. Original colour. 400 x 530mm. Near mint condition
A large paper copy of this fine map of the islands, based on Richard Norwood's map as published by John Speed in 1627. The plate has an interesting history: it was engraved by Jodocus Hondius II, the son of the Jodocus Hondius who engraved the Speed plates and republished the Mercator atlas. When Jodocus II died in 1629 the plate was sold to Blaeu, forcing the Hondius firm to have another plate engraved. A miniature version of the island has been inserted just under the title cartouche to show the position of the islands against the American mainland, seen across the top of the map. This led later cartographers, including Moll, Le Rouge and Zatta (in 1778!) to include the miniature as an extra island. KOEMAN: Bl 57; PALMER: p.8, plate III.
[Ref: 17937]    £2,000.00 ($2,640 • €2,240 rates)


THORNTON, John. [A scarce English chart of Bermuda]
Bermudas London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. Irregular plate, at most 295 x 225mm, set in a page of text.
A chart of Bermuda, first published in Thornton's 'English Pilot, The Fourth Book...' in 1689. Originally it shared a plate with a map of Barbados but in the edition of 1728 the maps had been separated and each was printed on a text sheet. The cut followed the engraved border between the two, so this map has an unusual arc in the right side of the plate. On the reverse of the sheet is a text headed 'A Desciption of Bermudos (or the Summer Islands) , with a note 'I would advise every one to take special Care upon this Coast, for there are abundance of Rocks which are very dangerous'. PALMER: p.24. Plate XXVIII for uncut plate.
[Ref: 15633]    £1,800.00 ($2,376 • €2,016 rates)


ZATTA, Antonio. [One of the most decorative maps of Bermuda]
Le Colonie Unite dell’ America Settentr.le di Nouva Projezione...; Le Isole Bermuda. Venice, 1778. Original colour. 325 x 435mm. A very fine example.
The title-sheet of a twelve-sheet map of the United States, with Bermuda shown on a trompe-l'oil scroll. Bermuda has an interesting cartographic error. The first authoritative map of Bermuda was compiled by Norwood in 1622 and published by John Speed in 1627. Behind the main map Norwood superimposed the coastline of New England and Virginia to show the relative position of Bermuda. Although Zatta has dropped this mainland from his map he has retained the small Bermuda, mistaking it for another island in the chain. This confirms that Zatta's source for this map was over a century old! PALMER: Printed maps of Bermuda, p.26, plate xxxi.
[Ref: 16570]    £2,500.00 ($3,300 • €2,800 rates)


LEMPRIERE, Clement. [Uncommon 18th century chart of Bermuda]
The Bermudas, or Summer's Islands. From a Survey by C. Lempriere. Regulated by Astronomical Observations. London: Laurie & Whittle, 1794. Coloured. 490 x 630mm. Split in lower centre fold.
A large chart of Bermuda, divided into tribes and with the towns and defences marked. Around the island are the sea routes from one part of the island to another, and notes, for example, 'Here is the chief place of Fishing for Whales'. Lempriere's survey of Bermuda, first published in 1738 by Lempriere & engraver W.H. Toms, was a considerable advance on existing maps, many of which were still based on Speed's map of a century earlier. The lifetime of this survey was also excessive: this plate was first published by Sayer in 1775, before being acquired by Laurie & Whittle in 1797; Richard Holmes Laurie published an edition in 1826!
[Ref: 14801]    £2,200.00 ($2,904 • €2,464 rates)


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