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Auction 138, Lot 408

"South America", Playfair, James

Subject: South America

Period: 1821 (dated)

Publication: A New General Atlas

Color: Hand Color

17 x 20.9 inches
43.2 x 53.1 cm

Dr. Playfair (1738-1819), was a minister, historiographer to the Prince of Wales, and Principal of the United College of St Salvator and St Leonard in the University of St Andrews from 1799 until his death. The maps from Playfair's A New General Atlas are quite scarce. This detailed map of South America depicts a large Patagonia in the southern tip, and a large Vireinato de la Plata encompassing all of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia and Paraguay. Brazil is divided into states. Engraved by Samuel John Neele and published by Macredie, Skelly & Co.


Condition: B

Original color and wide margins with toning along centerfold and light soiling. Centerfold separations that enter map image 1.5" at right and 5.5" at left have been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $100 - $140

Sold for: $50

Closed on 12/7/2011