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Auction 120, Lot 439

"Freti Magellanici ac novi Freti vulgo Le Maire exactissima delineatio", Hondius, Henricus

Subject: Southern South America

Period: 1633 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 15 inches
48.8 x 38.1 cm

Elaborately decorated map of the tip of South America with the Strait of Magellan and Le Maire Strait. The coastlines of Tierra del Fuego are incomplete. Fully engraved to show the mountainous terrain with no other detail, except a depiction of penguins, noted as Pingini Aves. Richly arrayed with rhumb lines, a compass rose, galleons and sea monsters in addition to the three strapwork cartouches. French text on verso.


Condition: B

Dark impression on a sheet with some extraneous creasing. A centerfold separation into the map has been reinforced on the verso with paper. A few short, marginal tears also repaired on the verso, and there are a couple pinholes in the top margin.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $450

Closed on 7/18/2007