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Auction 132, Lot 493

"Portugallia et Algarbia quae olim Lusitania", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Portugal

Period: 1710 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

14.5 x 11 inches
36.8 x 27.9 cm

Beautiful map of Portugal with north oriented to the right. Based on Fernando Alvarez Secco, a Portuguese mapmaker whose rendering was used by various publishers until the end of the 17th century. This lovely map is adorned with numerous artistic embellishments including ships, coats-of-arms, two compass roses, and Neptune astride a sea monster.


Condition: A

There is some very faint offsetting and the land-laid paper is thinner than is usual, else fine.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $275

Closed on 6/2/2010