Auction 125, Lot 415

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

Subject: South America - Southern

Period: 1646 (circa)

Publication: Le Theatre du Monde…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
21.5 x 16.5 inches
54.6 x 41.9 cm

Impressive map of the tip of South America showing 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 -- 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. French text on verso.

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Condition: B+

A attractive example of this fine map with a nice impression and color. Several worm holes and tracks have been professionally and nearly invisibly repaired and the map is backed with light Japanese tissue.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $475

Closed on 9/24/2008

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