Auction 122, Lot 424

"Provincien van de Straet van Magallanes, ende vande Straet le Maire", Gerritsz/De Laet

Subject: South America - Southern

Period: 1630 (published)

Publication: Nieuwe Wereldt ofte Beschrijvinghe van West-Indien…

Color: Hand Color

14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 cm

This fine map is the work of Hessel Gerritsz, one of the most important Dutch cartographers of the 17th century. Most of his work exists only in manuscript and these maps, published by De Laet, are the only Gerritsz maps available to the collector today. The map vividly depicts the important tip of South America, key to European trade with the East Indies, with the narrow and treacherous Strait of Magellan and the recently discovered Strait le Maire. The map is oriented with north on the right and it is simply embellished with a strapwork title cartouche, compass rose and banner containing three distance scales.


Condition: B+

Lovely impression and delicate color. The blank margin at top has been professionally extended, using the leaf casting method, to better accommodate framing.

Estimate: $950 - $1,100

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 12/5/2007