Auction 129, Lot 835

"Mappe van der Sud See…", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: South Pacific Ocean - Oceanie

Period: 1619 (circa)


Color: Black & White

16 x 6.5 inches
40.6 x 16.5 cm

This early sea chart of the South Pacific exemplifies the vast emptiness of the huge ocean. The map is centered north/south on the Tropic of Capricorn and extends from a portion of New Guinea's coastline eastward to show the entire western coastline of South America. A few islands are shown in the Pacific including the Cocos. The chart presents a very early depiction of the Schouten/Le Maire voyage in the years 1615-17. This important exploration was the first to sail round Cape Horn, ending the long held theory that Tierra del Fuego was part of a great southern continent and defining the southern limits of the American continent. Fine rhumb lines, sailing ship and two very intricate compass roses embellish. At bottom a scroll cartouche describes the region and includes the title as part of the description.


Condition: B+

Very nice impression on a full sheet with very wide margins at top and bottom. A little toning and creasing along centerfold with some old repairs. Large fleur-dy-lis watermark.

Estimate: $190 - $240

Sold for: $650

Closed on 9/23/2009