The Arctic Regions (North Pole)

  • Author: Willem Janszoon Blaeu
  • Date: 1638
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 16 3/8" x 21"
  • Centimeters: 42 x 53 cm
  • Price: Sold

REGIONES SVB POLO ARCTICO, from Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Amsterdam.

Blaeu`s beautifully engraved map of the arctic was first issued c.1638 and is a precise copy of a map issued by Jansson the previous year. Burden notes “even the cartouches are the same. But Janssonius has placed his imprint in the lower right cartouche; Blaeu has the scale here.” Along with the original Jansson, Blaeu`s map “provides the first detailed summary of the 16th and early 17th century Canadian arctic discoveries” (Kershaw).

The map provides the best view of the period of discoveries in the area of Hudson`s and Baffin`s Bays as well as Davis Strait. It is a vast improvement over the Mercator map of the region, whose North Pole was filled with mythical islands.
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