"Portugallia et Algarbia quae olim Lusitania", Blaeu, (Family)
Period: 1650 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.8 x 15 inches
50.3 x 38.1 cm
Beautiful map of Portugal with north oriented to the right by two superb compass roses. The cartography is based on Fernando Alvarez Secco, a Portuguese chart maker whose (1560) map was used by various publishers until the end of the 17th century. This lovely example is adorned with numerous artistic embellishments including ships, coats-of-arms, Neptune astride a sea monster, and a title cartouche flanked by Moors using scientific instruments. The imprint of Willem and Joannes Blaeu at lower right. Dutch text on verso.
References: Goss (Blaeu) #57.
Fine impression and color with clean wide original margins. There is a tiny spot in the distance scale that does not distract from the overall fine quality of the map.