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Auction 110, Lot 303

"Nova et Accurata Brasiliae totius Tabula", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1680 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23 x 19.5 inches
58.4 x 49.5 cm
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This rare map is Johannes Blaeu's third map of Brazil. It was designed by Joannes de Broen and engraved by Abraham Wolfgang. It was completed shortly before the great fire that destroyed the printing house, and therefore was never included in Blaeu's atlases. The map includes the capitanias along the coast and is a significant improvement over Blaeu's previous maps of Brazil. The handsome cartouche is surrounded by cherubs and a river god. In 1694 Pieter Schenk acquired a number of Blaeu's copperplates, including this one. This map does not have Schenk's imprint.


Condition: A

Overall very good with lovely original color. A few tiny wormholes with old paper repairs on verso. Top margin extended for framing. Some minor damp stains in margins professionally strengthened with Japanese tissue.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 3/2/2005