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Auction 132, Lot 378

"Nova et Accurata Brasiliae totius Tabula", Blaeu/Schenk

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1695 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23.4 x 19.5 inches
59.4 x 49.5 cm

This scarce, beautiful map is Johannes Blaeu's third map of Brazil. Designed by Joannes de Broen and engraved by Abraham Wolfgang, it was completed shortly before the great fire that destroyed the printing house, and therefore was never included in Blaeu's atlases. In 1694 Pieter Schenk acquired a number of Blaeu's copperplates, including this one. The map includes the capitanias along the coast and is a significant improvement over Blaeu's previous maps of Brazil. The handsome cartouche is surrounded by cherubs and a river god and Schenk's imprint appears below the title.


Condition: A+

There are a few tiny edge tears, still fine with lovely old color.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,400

Sold for: $900

Closed on 6/2/2010