"Freti Magellanici ac novi Freti vulgo le Maire Exactissima Delineatio", Hondius, Henricus
Subject: South America - Southern
Period: 1633 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.2 x 15.1 inches
48.8 x 38.4 cm
This is a beautifully decorated map of the tip of South America with the Strait of Magellan and Le Maire Strait. The strategic importance of the place and the difficulties of navigation made this a notable chart, although it is not very accurate. The map graphically depicts the rugged mountainous terrain and the coastlines of Tierra del Fuego are incomplete. Notations describe the first Dutch expedition through the strait and a description of giants of vast magnitude said to inhabit the region. At the right is the Strait of Le Maire named after Jacob Le Maire, a Dutch navigator who transited the area in 1615-1616 with Willem Schouten. The map is richly decorated with a central compass rose, galleons, sea monsters and penguins. French text on verso.
Original color with light toning and foxing, mostly confined to the blank margins. Small crack at centerfold with tiny loss.