Regiones Sub Polo Arctico


1644 W. Blaeu signature map of the Arctic

Cartographer(s): Willem Blaeu
Date: 1644
Place: Amsterdam
Coloring: Old color
Dimensions: 41 x 53 cm (16.1 x 20.9 in)
Condition Rating: VG

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This map depicts northern polar regions with radiating rhumb lines from the North Pole.

A large title cartouche, with two figures and numerous wind heads, conveniently hides the unknown northwest coast of America. The map is further decorated with several compass roses, ships, and an additional cartouche that features men in parkas, a polar bear, and foxes.

Verso text: Dutch.


Willem Blaeu

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) founded one of history’s greatest cartographic publishing firms in 1599. This map is indicative of the duplication by the firms of Blaeu and Hondius/Jansson. In this case, Blaeu has copied a Janssonius map of 1637.

Condition Description

Excellent condition. Paper with some age toning.