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Auction 102, Lot 279

"Descriptio Americae Australis", Bertius, Petrus

Subject: South America

Period: 1606 (circa)

Publication: Tabularum Geographicum Contractarum

Color: Hand Color

4.8 x 3.5 inches
12.2 x 8.9 cm

This interesting little map is from the Latin edition published by Cornelis Claesz. It shows South America as derived from Diego Gutiérrez' s Americae sive quartae orbis partis nova et exactissima descriptio... of 1562. It is a well-detailed map, with a fairly accurate Amazon and La Plata, but the River Maranon is largely out of proportion, and enters the Amazon too far east.

References: King p. 70.

Condition: A

Bright and crisp miniature map with modern color, which has bled through to verso. Tiny worm holes in lower blank margin, hinge remnants on verso.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $170

Closed on 3/5/2003