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Old antique map of America by W. Blaeu

Item number:01880
Category:Antique maps > america > the americas
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Americae nova Tabula - Blaeu W.,, 1635.

Highly decorative cornerstone map of America.

Old map of America by W. Blaeu.

Date of the first edition: 1617
Date of this map: 1631

Copper engraving
Size: 41 x 55.5cm (16 x 21.6 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: New side margins.
Condition Rating: B
References: Van der Krogt 2, 9000:2; Burden, 189, State 3; Schilder 6, 16.3; Campbell, Early Maps, p.24, pl.8.

From: Appendix Theatri A. Ortelii et Atlantis G. Mercatoris, continens Tabulas Geographicas diversarum Orbis Regionum, ... Amsterdam, W. Blaeu, 1631. (Van der Krogt 2, 2:022).

The visual appeal of this map is enhanced greatly by the inclusion of three decorative borders. The one above contains nine plans or views of towns. The side panels each contain five portraits of figures. These are drawn from various sources, including Theodore de Bry.

"In the same year the results of Jacob le Maire and Willem Cornelisz Schouten's voyage around Cape Horn became known. They showed that Tierra del Fuego was an island and not connected to the unknown southern continent. Owing to law suits that were filed between the Australian Company and the Dutch East India Company, Blaeu was legally barred from incorporating this new information on his maps and globes in July 1617. This restriction was not lifted until August of the following year. Blaeu immediately updated this work to include Fretum le Maire and State landt. He also removed the coastline of TERRA AUSTRALIS INCOGNITA east of the title cartouche, mysteriously leaving the name behind. Therefore state 1 of the plate, having a life of at most about eighteen months, is extremely rare. Indeed, as late as 1955 only one example was known.
A third state appeared with a revision changing the name to Blaeu in 1621. Keuning wrote in detail about this period of time and the various forms in which we find his name. The change was as a result of the competition of Jan Jansz and the obvious similarities of their names.This state was to appear through to 1630 without text on the reverse. It also appeared in this form in the Atlantis Appendix. This was Blaeu's first attempt at a world atlas, largely instigated by his purchase in 1629 of a number of Jodocus Hondius' plates, and in the following years he would experiment with various formats." (Burden)

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