Auction 115, Lot 359

"Tabula Magellanica, qua Tierrae del Fuego, cum Celeberrimis Fretis a F. Magellano et I. Le Maire…", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: South America - Southern

Period: 1650 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
21 x 16.2 inches
53.3 x 41.1 cm

Impressive map of the tip of South America with the Strait of Magellan and Le Maire Strait. The coastlines are depicted as very mountainous, while the interior is completely without detail. Richly arrayed with rhumb lines, three compass roses, a fleet of ships, a coat of arms and dedication to Constantino Hugenio, and three strapwork cartouches with title, key and scale featuring a family group of natives. The map bears Willem Blaeu's signature, but it was published by his son, Johannes. Dutch text on verso.

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Condition: A

Fine impression with original coloring on a thick sheet of hand laid paper with very wide margins. Map has some very tiny spots, still very good. A few small marginal flaws including one spot and some short tears, also dealer pencil marks.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $750

Closed on 6/21/2006

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