Auction 136, Lot 439

"Nova et Accurata Brasiliae totius Tabula", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1680 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.8 x 19.3 inches
57.9 x 49 cm

This scarce map is Johannes Blaeu's third map of Brazil. It 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. This map, designed by Joannes de Broen and engraved by Abraham Wolfgang, 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. This map does not have Schenk's imprint, but the engraver's imprint has been erased.

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Condition: C+

Good impression and original color that has oxidized. There are several old, stable repairs on the verso to strengthen the paper including a repaired thumbnail-size hole in the title cartouche. There are a couple extraneous creases in the map.

Estimate: $400 - $600

Sold for: $650

Closed on 6/1/2011

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