Auction 113, Lot 343

"Brasilia", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1650 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 15 inches
49 x 38.1 cm

This map is Blaeu's second map of eastern Brazil with detail confined to the coastlines and the map 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. French text on verso.

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

Condition: C

Good impression, original color and wide margins. Very good except for dark toning on centerfold that would benefit from a professional cleaning.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $425

Closed on 12/7/2005