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Auction 107, Lot 260

"Brasilia", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1662 (published)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 15 inches
49 x 38.1 cm
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This splendid map is Blaeu's second map of eastern Brazil. Detail is confined to the coastlines and the map is oriented with north to the right of the chart. The coastline is very detailed, while inland the cartography is highly conjectural and mostly empty. The map reflects the short-lived Dutch influence in Brazil through the Netherlands West-India Company. It is richly embellished with the title cartouche featuring the Dutch coat of arms, the distance scale with three putti, two compass roses, three galleons and rhumb lines. Latin text on verso.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #80; Van der Krogt (Atlantes) #9850:2B.

Condition: A

Lovely original color with very faint toning. Professional repair of a few tiny edge tears, none close to map.

Estimate: $700 - $900

Sold for: $950

Closed on 6/9/2004