The Old Print Shop

Nova Belgica et Anglia Nova.

  • ARTIST: Willem Blaeu

  • MEDIUM: Handcolored copper plate engraving,

    DATE: 1635, (c.1638).

  • EDITION SIZE: Image 15 1/8 x 19 3/4" (38.4 x 50 cm) plus margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: An important and highly decorative map of New England. Based largely on Adriaen Block's manuscript map of 1614. Block, a Dutch fur trader, explored the area between Cape Cod and Manhattan, examining bays and rivers along the way. Block Island is named after him. Block's manuscript map is noted for being the first map to name Manhattan, (Manhates). The whole map is adorned by deer, foxes, bears, egrets, rabbits, etc. The Mohawk Indian village is taken from the de Bry-White engravings.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: From a 1640 Latin text edition of Blaeu's "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Sive Atlas Novis."

  • CONDITION: Good condition with original handcoloring slightly faded.

  • REFERENCE: Burden, "The Mapping of North America" #241.