Nice old color example of Blaeu's highly sought after map of Bermuda. The map is embellished with a striking decorative cartouche, compass rose, and remarkable detail for the island, including a complete list of land owners. The map is based upon John Norwood's survey of 1618. The table at the bottom includes a list of the proprietors, divided by Tribe and the number of shares purchased by each Proprietor, along with a number key, identifying the land owned by each of the shareholders. French text on the verso. A fine wide margined example of the most decorative of all 17th Century maps of Bermuda to appear in a commercial atlas.
Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) was a prominent Dutch geographer and publisher. Born the son of a herring merchant, Blaeu chose not fish but mathematics and astronomy for his focus. He studied with the famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, with whom he honed his instrument and globe making skills. Blaeu set up shop in Amsterdam, where he sold instruments and globes, published maps, and edited the works of intellectuals like Descartes and Hugo Grotius. In 1635, he released his atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive, Atlas novus.
Willem died in 1638. He had two sons, Cornelis (1610-1648) and Joan (1596-1673). Joan trained as a lawyer, but joined his father’s business rather than practice. After his father’s death, the brothers took over their father’s shop and Joan took on his work as hydrographer to the Dutch East India Company. Later in life, Joan would modify and greatly expand his father’s Atlas novus, eventually releasing his masterpiece, the Atlas maior, between 1662 and 1672.