"Mappa Aestivarum Insularum Alias Barmudas "
Published by Jodocus Hondius, 1630
Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016
This handsome reproduction of the beautifully hand-colored copperplate map of "Mappa Aestivarum Insularum Alias Barmuda" was originally published by Jodocus Hondius in 1630. Hondius was considered to be one of the few early mapmakers whose maps were not only aesthetically pleasing but also geographically precise.
Of interest is the reference to Bermuda as the Somers Islands, and the fact that in 1612, the Bermudas were granted to an offshoot of the Virginia Company. This explains the textual annotations regarding the Roanoke colony in Virginia, and the Virginia Company's coat of arms in the lower left.
The American mainland recorded across the top of the map is geographically strategic to only the miniature outline of Bermuda placed between the cartouche and the Bermuda map proper.
At the bottom is a table listing land owners, based upon John Norwood's survey of 1618. The proprietors, divided by tribe and the number of shares purchased by each, are shown along with a number key, identifying the land owned by the individual shareholders.
We custom-print this facsimile map on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.
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