Period: 1640 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19 x 14.7 inches
48.3 x 37.3 cm
Beautifully engraved map based on the cartography of Hessel Gerritsz. The map covers the Pacific coast of South America from Ecuador as far south as the Atacama Desert in the northern reaches of Chile. It includes the Potosi silver mines, Atacama Desert, Titicaca, Cusco, Quito and numerous other towns and villages. The dramatic strapwork cartouche incorporates both the title and the distance scales. A large compass rose orients the map with north to the left. It is further decorated with four Spanish galleons and three sea monsters. This is one of the plates that Blaeu acquired from the widow of Jodocus Hondius in 1629. Latin text on verso.
There is some show-through from ink notations on the verso, mainly confined to margins. There are several stains and small spots, and a hole in left border repaired with paper on verso. Linen hinge remnants on verso.