Item #14127 Regiones Sub Polo Arctico; [Initially Published in 'Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas, 1645]. Johannes Blaeu.
Regiones Sub Polo Arctico; [Initially Published in 'Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas, 1645]
Regiones Sub Polo Arctico; [Initially Published in 'Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas, 1645]
Regiones Sub Polo Arctico; [Initially Published in 'Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas, 1645]
Regiones Sub Polo Arctico; [Initially Published in 'Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas, 1645]

Regiones Sub Polo Arctico; [Initially Published in 'Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas, 1645]

Amsterdam: Joan Blaeu, ca.1650. Very Good. Third State. [16x20.5in, 40.7x52.1cm neatline, 20.75x24.25in, 52.8x61.6cm sheet] An attractive early color line and full map of the arctic regions in a off-center polar projections, illustrated cartouches of title, scale and dedication to Guilielmo Backer de Corneliis with polar bear, arctic foxes, native hunters, includes the discoveries of Hudson and Baffin early explorations for the Northwest passage in North America and Northeast passage in Siberia; Age toning with small stains in margins with archival tape to lower foredge corners not affecting print, early prior owner brown ink inscription in top right margin in Persian/Urdu [Burden Vol I 252 and Vol II, p. xxvii, Rumsey 10017.017] CS. Item #14127

This map became a popular and well known early polar projection which was originally drawn by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638), also know as Guilielmo Blaeu, which is printed on the map. The Dutch Blaeu family were cartographers, instrument makers, publishers, and booksellers of Amsterdam founded in 1596. After Willem's death his sons, Joan or Johannes Blaeu (1596-1673), with his brother Cornelis, continued to create and issue maps and atlases.

This map is important in showing the discoveries in the mid Seventeenth century of the search for the Northwest and Northeast passages to Asia. The quest for the passages was led by explorers from England, Netherlands, France, Spain and Russia.

The map's First state was created prior to Willem's death and published undated (ca.1638) without out a dedication. The Second state includes the dedication to Guilielmo Backer Cornelji by Johannes and dated 1645. The Third state, this map, has the same undated (ca. 1650) dedication and adds the name Groenlandia (Greenland).

This map was from the library of Dr. G. Warren Smith (1941-2021) of Pennsylvania. He had a long career as university professor and administrator, and was a collector of over 6,000 books, maps, illustrations, and artifacts relating to the Arctic, Alaska and Pacific Northwest.

Price: $800.00

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