Auction 125, Lot 579

"Portugallia et Algarbia quae olim Lusitania", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Portugal

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.

Condition: A+

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.

Estimate: $600 - $700


Closed on 9/24/2008