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Place of creation



Apud Iohannem and Guilijelmi Blaeu

1 map : ill., hand col ; 40 x 52 cm on sheet 53 x 63 cm.

Scope and content

Shows the Arctic regions of the world as known at that time.

Cartographic material
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f an early cartographic archivist.
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27780
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Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #252
Cartographic material
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252 Item no. assigned by LAC 252
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Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Local class no.

Terms of use

Credit Library and Archives Canada. Copyright expired.

Additional name(s)

Additional information

Includes the following dedication to Guilielmo Backer signed by Joan Blaeu "Guilielmo Backer de Corneliis Rép. Amsterelodamensis consuli et Senatori, rec non in consesu Societa tis Indice orientalis abessori Tabu Ian hanc D.D

Includes a decorative cartouche showing two allegorical figures one of whom represents cold, winter or Arctic. Cherubic faces are inset in a clould and are exhaling Arctic winds, The heraldic crest of the Blaeu family; two foxes, a bear or wolf, and two Arcitc hunters frame the scale.

On verso: 2 pages of text titled " Landen onder de Noord - Pool". Printed page number"4" appears in top right corner. The printers mark is "C" printed under the "ou" in "houden". The The catchword is "holen". Left hand page has a decorative symbol below the text. There is no page number and the last line of text is "gevonden heefte". This information in Kersahw dates the map as the State two, Dutch edition of 1649-50 map.

Second State, Dutch edition of 1649-1650 map.

Originally published in: Toonneet des Aerdrycx, Ofte Nieuwe Atlas. 1649.

Includes 3 bar scales: Milliaria Germanica communia pro 60 latit gradu -- Milliaria Germanica communia pro 70 latit gradu -- Milliaria Germanica communia pro 80 lat. gradu.

Custodial history
Part of the Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection purchased by the Public Archives of Canada in 1981.

Related materials
For other versions of this map see: Carto H12/10000/[1640] (NMC 8266) ; A/10000/[1640](1649); H3/10000/[1640][1968] (NMC 8646); Mikan 3807134 (NMC 27779)

Citation / reference note
Kershaw. vol. I, entry 129b.
Burden. entry 252, pages 321-322.
Koeman, vol. 1, entry B1 29A

Copy / version note
The microfiche version is NMC 27780.

Exhibitions note
This map was part of an exhibition held at The Royal Ontario Museum, April 1958 entitled "Up North: The Discovery and Mapping of the Canadian Arctic, 1511-1944" showcasing MacDonald's Collection

Subject heading

Arctic regions


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