Regiones sub polo arctico
Date: Amsterdam,1640 about
Artic, north pole
Cod 5150
Subject: Artic, north pole
1.200,00 €
Copper engraving, mm 410x530, latin text on verso. Good condition even if slightly discolored. A nice example of Blaeu's important map of the North Polar Regions, enriched with cartouches and decorative coat of arms. It had been the most updated map of its time: Spitsberg and Nova Zemla are shown, but I not in a complete fashion, but as known after the Danish expeditions of 1605-1607. To the left we see the discoveries of captain Thomas James of Bristol along the southern and western shores of the Hudson Bay during his expedition of 1631/32 (with, among others, "James his Bay"). All discoveries of the late 16th and early 17th Centuries are plainly in evidence. W. Blaeu, born in Alkmaar in 1571, studied astronomy by Tycho Brahe and founded a business in 1599 as a globe and instrument maker. He immediately expanded the business publishing maps and in 1630 the first atlas “Atlantis appendix” and five years later the “Atlas novus“. After his death in 1638, his son Joan reached publication of the major work of the family, the “Atlas maior” in 11 volumes. In 1672 a great fire destroyed the Blaeu’s printing house. Van der Krogt 2, 0020:2.2; Burden, 252.1



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