Willem Blaeu Map

Rare 17th Cenury Hand Colored “Mappa Aestivarum Insularum Alias Barmudas” by Willem Janszoon Blaeu, 1635 ca

Rare 17th Century Hand Colored “Mappa Aestivarum Insularum Alias Barmudas” by Willem Janszoon Blaeu| Date: 1630 | Place: Amsterdam | Dimensions: Map Only 15.7 x 20.6 inches; With Frame 20 x 25.5 | Framed under Glass

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  • Rare 17th Century Hand Colored “Mappa Aestivarum Insularum Alias Barmudas” by Willem Janszoon Blaeu| Date: 1630 | Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1635 ca |Coloring: Hand Colored | Dimensions: Map Only 15.7 x 20.6 inches; With Frame 20 x 25.5 | Framed under Glass | Title: Mappa Aestivarum Insularum Alias Barmudas | Fine old color example of Blaeu’s highly sought after map of Bermuda | The map is embellished with a striking decorative cartouche, compass rose, and remarkable detail for the island, including a complete list of land owners. The map is based upon John Norwood’s survey of 1618. The table at the bottom includes a list of the proprietors, divided by Tribe and the number of shares purchased by each Proprietor, along with a number key, identifying the land owned by each of the shareholders.

    Willem Blaeu  based his work on John Speed’s remarkably accurate map of 1626-1627. It shows the island divided into tribes and lots, and below the map itself appear the names of the first proprietors and the number of shares assigned each. A splendid cartouche shows Neptune astride the Royal Arms holding a ship. The miniature map below the cartouche shows the correct proportion of the island to the coast of the mainland. Further adorned with scale cartouches, coats of arms and compass rose with a fleur-de-lys. The map is superimposed over a map of the Atlantic with the coastlines of Britain, North America and Hispanola showing the location of Bermuda. As Willem Blaeu died in 1638 most of his maps are actually published by his son Joan. This maps carries his (engraved) signature and was actually published in volume II of a French edition of his “Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas”, dated 1638, therefore published the last year of his life.From early on Willem Jansz. Blaeu aimed of publishing an atlas to compete with the Hondius-Jansson Atlas. By 1630, he had published at least 17 folio size maps. Blaeu was able to realize his plan soon after he had acquired the copper plates of the atlas maps by Jodocus Hondius. The “Appendix followed in 1630. In 1635 he finally realized a “international edition” of a world atlas, the “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum”. This example is from a very rare 1638 French text edition, which has the same copperplates as the 1635 edition, however the text on the verso was reset in two text columns. This edition is the last version the great master printed under his patronage.

    References: Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 9660:2; Palmer, M. (Bermuda maps) #7; Goss, J. (Blaeu) p.166.

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  • Weight

    3lb.

    Height

    20"

    Width

    25.5"

    Depth

    1"

    Weight

    3lb.

    Height

    20"

    Width

    25.5"

    Depth

    1"

    Artist / Maker

    Willem Janszoon Blaeu

    Date

    17th Century

    Frame

    Yes

    Kind

    Maps, Prints

    Medium

    Engraving

    Origin

    Amsterdam

    Other

    Glass Covering

    Subject

    Map

    Support

    Laid Paper

    Title

    Mappa Aestivarum Insularum alias Barmuds