Auction 137, Lot 469

"Chili", Hondius, Henricus

Subject: Chile

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19 x 14.8 inches
48.3 x 37.6 cm

Striking map covering the known coastal region of Chile from approximately Antofagasta in the north to Cabo Gallegos in the south. The Andes are shown prominently, with two live volcanoes in the vicinity of Villarrica. Beyond the mountains, in what is now Argentina, is a large unnamed (and non existent) lake with the cities of Mendoza and San Juan - with San Juan incorrectly placed to the south of Mendoza. Otherwise, the map is surprisingly accurate for its age with many recognizable place names: La Serena, S. Iago (Santiago), Concepcion, Valdivia and the Gulf of Ancud are all located. Decorated with two large cartouches, two compass roses, ships and sea monsters. English text on verso.

References:

Condition: B+

Nice impression in original color with some minor staining along the centerfold and light text show-through. The top blank margin has hinge tape and there is a tiny separation at bottom centerfold that does not impact the image.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/14/2011

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