Auction 116, Lot 384

"Venezuela, atque Occidentalis pars Novae Andalusiae", Gerritsz/De Laet

Subject: South America - Northern

Period: 1633 (circa)

Publication: Novus Orbis seu descriptionis Indiae Occidentalis

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 cm

This handsome map shows a well detailed coastline, but only a few interior place names, and a nice depiction of the Lesser Antilles. The map is beautifully engraved with decorative title and distance scale cartouches and a large compass rose. Hessel Gerritsz was apprenticed to Blaeu as an engraver before starting his own business. He then was appointed Cartographer to the Dutch East India Company and subsequently held the same position in a newly formed West India Company. Gerritsz traveled to South America and the West Indies in 1628, and his maps of South America laid the foundation for many other cartographers.

References: Phillips (A) #1148-14.

Condition: B

Small worm tracks in side border infilled with a bit of facsimile.

Estimate: $450 - $500

Sold for: $325

Closed on 9/20/2006

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