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Canibales Insulae
1662. BLAEU, Willem. Canibales Insulae. [Amsterdam: Johannes Blaeu, 1662]. Original engraving on laid sheet (image measures 21 by 16 inches), handsomely framed (entire piece measures 29-1/2 by 25-1/2 inches). $1700.Large original hand-colored Blaeu map of the Canibales Insulae (the Lesser Antilles) from the famous Atlas Major (1662), its first appearance.In 1630, Willem Janzzon Blaeu, the official cartographer of the Dutch East India Company, published his first world atlas, the Atlantis Appendix, with 60 maps. The ensuing series of Blaeu atlases reached their grand culmination in 1662— in the monumental 12-volume Atlas Major, “the greatest and finest atlas ever published” (Koeman). All Blaeu maps are embellished in the ornate Baroque style, and many rank among the most beautiful ever made. They “epitomize the ‘golden age of Dutch cartography” (Potter, 41). This splendid map is the first Dutch map devoted solely to the Lesser Antilles. It comes from the first Latin edition of the Atlas Major, Volume 11 (America), and appeared here for the first time— making it relatively scarce. The map covers the windward and leeward islands from eastern Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to Trinidad and the Venezuelan coast. The title Canibales Insulae (Islands of the Cannibals) reflects the European image of the mysterious islands of the New World, created by contemporary accounts of savage Caribbean warriors who devour their captives. Shirley I, 241. Koeman I, 199-202. Fine condition, with only a bit of offsetting from being folded. Handsomely framed.
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