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Place of creation



Iohannem and Guilijelmi Blaeu

1 map : ill., hand col. ; 39 x 51 cm on sheet 61 x 49 cm.

Scope and content

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

Cartographic material
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Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist.
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27779
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Cartographic material
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253 Item no. assigned by LAC 253
90: Open
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 " alfoo" in last line of text. The catchword is "13 cap". Left hand page has no page number and the last line of text is "foeckende, befeylt heeft". This information in Kersahw dates the map as the first state, Dutch edition of 1642 map.

First state, Dutch edition of 1642 map.

Originall published in: Toonneel des Aerdrycx, Ofte Nieuwe Atlas.

Includes 3 bar scales: Mi

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.

Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection # 253

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 3806895 (NMC 27780).

Citation / reference note
Kershaw , vol.1 entry 128b.
Burden entry 252, pages 321-322.
Koeman, vol. entry B1 26A.

Copy / version note
The microfiche version is NMC 27779.

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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