Auction 130, Lot 516

"Portugalliae et Algarbiae cum finitimis Hispaniae Regnis…", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Portugal and Brazil

Period: 1720 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19.3 inches
57.2 x 49 cm

This interesting map links Portugal with her colony in South America in a beautiful composition. The map is filled with impressive detail of Portugal. However, it is the addition of a large inset of Brazil showing the capitanias that makes the map outstanding. The exquisite title cartouche fills the remaining area above the inset with Neptune, merfolk, cherubs, and the royal coat of arms. Two sea battles from the War of the Spanish Succession are depicted in the Atlantic, in which Portugal was a part of the Grand Alliance against Spain.


Condition: B+

Good impression and original color with an old paper repair on the bottom fold. There is some toning in the margins and a couple of edge tears, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 12/2/2009