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Johannes Blaeu:  Extrema Americae Versus Boream, ubi Terra Nova Nova Francia

Maps of New England (Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire)


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Title: Extrema Americae Versus Boream, ubi Terra Nova Nova Francia

Map Maker: Johannes Blaeu

Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1662

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 22 x 17.5 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $1,800.00

Inventory ID: 25960


Description:

Fine old color example of this important early map of Eastern Canada, etc., from the 1662 Latin edition of Blaeu's Atlas Maior.

Blaeu bases his map of Samuel de Champlain's great map of 1632 and maps of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), by Hessel Gerritsz, which have been augmented with place names from De Laet and Jansson. Blaeu's version shows Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Labrador and the Davis and Hudson Straits as well as the southern tip of Greenland.  As noted in Arkway Catalogue 53 (1994):

 It was the most extensive and accurate portrayal of New France available at that time, due largely to the fact that it was carefully copied from Champlain's map of 1632.

The elaborate title cartouches symbolize the importance of the Grand Banks fisheries, which are boldly engraved on the map. Latin text on verso.  Due to the fire in 1672 in Blaeu's workshop, the map is scarce on the market, as only five issues of the Atlas containing this map were published.


Condition Description: Old Color. Minor offsetting. Very wide margins.


References: Koeman I, p. 226, no. 611; Potter, p. 148; vide Phillips, Atlases, 471 (Dutch edition); Burden 371; Kershaw, pp. 142-145.


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Maps of Canada
Maps of New England (Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire)