Auction 128, Lot 630

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

Subject: Portugal

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm

Beautiful map of Portugal with north oriented to the right as shown 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. Blank verso.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #57.

Condition: A

Very fine impression with original margins. A hint of fold toning and old ink signature on verso with light show-through in lower blank margin, still very good.

Estimate: $475 - $550

Sold for: $400

Closed on 5/20/2009