Auction 116, Lot 394

"Le Bresil, dont la Coste est possedee par les Portugais et divisee en Quatorze Capitaineries", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1699 (published)


Color: Hand Color

10.7 x 7.8 inches
27.2 x 19.8 cm

This is a reduced version Sanson's important map showing the Portuguese possessions in Brazil. The coastal regions were divided by the Portuguese Crown into fourteen Capitanias, or hereditary harbor offices. The holders of these grants, called donees (donatários), were responsible for their defense and development. There is also a fair amount of detail in the interior, along the major rivers. The otherwise unknown interior is conveniently covered by the garland-style title cartouche.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $220 - $275

Sold for: $230

Closed on 9/20/2006