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Auction 123, Lot 446

"Chili", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Chile

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

18.7 x 14 inches
47.5 x 35.6 cm

This striking map covers the known coastal region of Chile from approximately Antofagasta in the north to Cabo Gallegos in the south. The map is oriented with north to the left with two bold compass roses. 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 nonexistent) 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. It is beautifully adorned with three large cartouches, a scroll-style key, ships and sea monsters. Dutch text on verso.


Condition: B

Lovely original color on a sturdy sheet. The centerfold is toned, and there is some light marginal staining, intruding into the map borders. Still a handsome example.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $250

Closed on 2/20/2008