Auction 122, Lot 425

"Tabula Magellanica, qua Tierrae del Fuego, cum Celeberrimis Fretis a F. Magellano et I. Le Maire…", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: South America - Tierra del Fuego

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21 x 16.2 inches
53.3 x 41.1 cm

Impressive map of the tip of South America with the Strait of Magellan and Le Maire Strait. The coastlines are depicted as very mountainous, while the interior is completely without detail. A beautiful sheet, it is richly arrayed with rhumb lines, three compass roses, a fleet of ships, a coat of arms and a Latinized dedication to the artist and scientist Constantine Huygens. There are three strapwork cartouches with title, key and scale featuring a family group of natives. The map bears Willem Blaeu's signature, but it was published by his son, Johannes. Latin text on verso.


Condition: A

An excellent impression on a sheet with the centerfold professionally reinforced on the verso with tissue. There is some faint soil and a spot of foxing, still a very good example.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $600

Closed on 12/5/2007