Auction 120, Lot 443

"Chili", Hondius/Jansson

Subject: Chile

Period: 1666 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19 x 14.6 inches
48.3 x 37.1 cm

Striking map covering the known coastal region of Chile from approximately Antofagasta in the north to Cabo Gallegos in the south. The Andes are shown prominently, with two live volcanoes in the vicinity of Villarrica. Beyond the mountains, in what is now Argentina, is a large unnamed (and non existent) lake with the cities of Mendoza and San Juan - with San Juan incorrectly placed to the south of Mendoza. Otherwise, the map is surprisingly accurate for its age with many recognizable place names: La Serena, S. Iago (Santiago), Concepcion, Valdivia and the Gulf of Ancud are all located. Decorated with two large cartouches, two compass roses, ships and sea monsters. At lower left is Jansson's imprint (replacing the earlier Hondius imprint) in a small cartouche. French text on verso.


Condition: A

Nice impression and color with wide original margins. Neat date (1666) has been written in black ink in the imprint cartouche. Tissue repair on bottom fold, not affecting map.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $375

Closed on 7/18/2007