"Portugallia et Algarbia quae olim Lusitania", Merian, Matthaus
Period: 1646 (circa)
Color: Black & White
14.5 x 11 inches
36.8 x 27.9 cm
Beautiful map of Portugal with north oriented to the right. Based on Fernando Alvarez Secco, a Portuguese mapmaker whose rendering was used by various publishers until the end of the 17th century. This lovely map is adorned with numerous artistic embellishments including ships, coats-of-arms, two compass roses, and Neptune astride a sea monster.
Professionally backed with light tissue to fill a couple small worm tracks and strengthen the centerfold.