Amsterdam: Willem Blaeu, 1642. unbound. Map. Engraving with modern hand coloring. Image measures 16" x 21 5/8" very good(+).
Stunning early double page map of North and South America. Details geographical and topographical elements with many place names. California is shown as a peninsula and the Great Lakes are depicted simply. An inset shows Greenland and Iceland. Decorative elements include ships, sea monsters and vignettes of native Americans within South America. In addition, map is bordered by a series of nine maps and birds-eye views at the top (including Cusco, Havana and Mexico City) and ten ethnographic views of various Native Americans. Dutch text on verso. In very good condition with full original margins. Minor toning and chipping to edges. Willem Blaeu (1571-1638) was a prolific Dutch mapmaker who started one of the most famous map publishing firms of the 17th century. It was at this time that the Dutch controlled the map trade, and their ornate and beautiful maps had immense popularity. Blaeu was instrumental in driving this dominance in his lifetime, and this legacy was continued by his sons.