Auction 128, Lot 484

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

Subject: Southern South America

Period: 1646 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.8 x 16 inches
52.8 x 40.6 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.


Condition: B

Lightly toned and remargined at right with a short section of the neatline in facsimile. There are a couple minor repairs in the bottom margin and on the centerfold.

Estimate: $600 - $700


Closed on 5/20/2009