"Portugalliae que olim Lusitania, Novissima et Exactissima Descriptio Auctore Vernando Alvaro Secco, et de Integro Emendata, Anno 1600", Hondius, Jodocus
Period: 1606 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.5 x 13 inches
49.5 x 33 cm
Baptista van Doetecum engraved this magnificent map of Portugal, one of the few maps he engraved for the Mercator/Hondius atlas. It is oriented with north to the right and richly adorned with three strapwork cartouches, a beautiful, complex compass rose, coat-of-arms, sailing ships and a very devilish-looking sea monster. The map is based on Fernando Alvarez Secco's map of 1561. Latin text on verso.
Dark impression on a full sheet with original margins. Marginal scattered foxing and toning with some toning in upper right corner. There is an old paper repair of the bottom fold which is sound but the fold separation is visible. There is some color offsetting at lower center.