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1649 – W. J. Blaeu – Regiones sub Polo Arctico

Title:                      “Regiones sub Polo Arctico

Beautiful North Polar map, with several wonderful cartouches and decorative coat of arms. Wonderful detail, both real and imaginary, throughout the map. At the time this map was the most up-to-date map of the North Pole region available. 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”). Spitsbergen is drawn as it was known after the Danish expeditions of 1605-1607. Latin text on verso.

Map Maker:       Hessel Gerritsz /  Willem Janszoon Blaeu
Sheet size:         47,4 x 55,3 cm
Place / Date:​       Amsterdam / 1649
Technique:         copper engraving

Good condition! Old coloring. Wide margins. Lower middle fold repaired.

This is a genuine antique map published in 1649 and not a modern copy or reprint!


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