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Publisher: BLAEU, W.
Title: (Matching set of World and four continents maps)
Published in: Amsterdam, 1641
   
Size: 16.1 x 22.0 inches.
41.0 x 55.8 cm.
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In attractive original colours.
Condition: A dark impression. Paper slightly age toned. With German text on verso. World and Europe map some light damp staining, hardly notable. In general an attractive matching set.
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Each of the five maps has on either side columns depicting the manner of dress in the major countries, surmounted by nine city views and plans.
For European mapmakers their own continent contained few mysteries or secrets by the seventeenth century. However, the mythical island of Frisland still appears between Iceland and Greenland. The map is decorated with ships and a sea monster on the sea, bears on northern Russia, and lions on North Africa. ¤

On either side columns depicting the manner of dress in the major countries of Europe, including those of the English, the French, Hungarians, Germans etc, all surmounted by nine major or important European city views and plans.
For European mapmakers their own continent contained few mysteries or secrets by the seventeenth century. However, the mythical island of Frisland still appears between Iceland and Greenland. The map is decorated with ships and a sea monster on the sea, bears on northern Russia, and lions on North Africa.

The delineation of the coast and the nomenclature on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts are basically Spanish in origin and follow the maps of Ortelius and Wytfliet. To these Willem Blaeu has inserted on the East Coast the English names given by the Roanoke colonists in Virginia and by Frobisher, Davis and Hudson to the far north.
He has added French names in Florida and along the St Lawrence. European geographers still had no knowledge of the extent of the Mississippi. From the expedition journals of De Soto (1539-43) they had inferred an extensive range of east west trending mountains north of the Gulf of Mexico, precluding any great river system.
The Great Lakes were as yet unknown, although Champlain had reached Huron and had heard of the lakes from Coral Indians and had, in 1632, published his own map showing the region.
Repair of an split lower part center fold, 5cm. into engraved area, hardly notable.

With columns of figures on either side depicting the native manners of dress, and nine city plans and views at the top. Japan is shown accurately unusually with Korea as an elonged island. In Korea there are two town mention, "Corij" in the south and "Tauxem, in the northwest approximately where Pyongyang is today.

Much of the geographical information is still based on the Ptolemaic maps, with the Nile shown with its source in the Lakes Zaire and Zaflan. Also included are various other mythical lakes and rivers including the famous Lake Sachaf of Laurent Fries. Only coastal towns are named on the Cape, with the printing covering much of the Unknown territory.
Decorated with elephants, lions, ostriches etc. on the land areas, and ships and sea monsters on the sea.
With columns on either side depicting ten views of the native manner of dress and nine city and town plans above.

Much sought after world map by one of the most famous Dutch mapmakers. The paneled borders show, at the top allegorical representations of the sun, moon and the five known planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The four seasons and the four elements are depicted at each side and - along the bottom corner - seven vignettes showing the Seven Wonders of the World. Hardly visible repair of old tear in upper margin, running 3cm. into engraved area. Reference: Shirley, World 255, State 4: Clancy, The Mapping of Terra Australis, map 6.1.




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