Auction 139, Lot 356

"Praefecturae Paranambucae Pars Meridionalis", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1647 (published)

Publication: Rerum per octennium in Brasilia

Color: Hand Color

17.8 x 16.3 inches
45.2 x 41.4 cm

This fine map of the Brazilian coast is richly decorated with a scene of natives with a look-out tower and a huge fleet of ships. With north oriented to the right, the map covers the coastal region from Sao Francisco to about Recife. It was drawn after actual surveys by Georg Marcgraf, Elias Herckmanns and others and was among the first maps of Brazil based on non-Portuguese data. Blaeu first issued this and its companion maps in 1647 for Gaspar Barleus' Rerum per octennium in Brasilia. They were also assembled into a large wall map, Brasilia qua parte paret Belgis. The maps then appeared in the Atlas Maior beginning in 1662. Blank verso indicating this is from the rare Barleus edition.

References: cf. Goss (Blaeu) pp. 184-185; Whitehead (TMC-40) pp. 17-20.

Condition: A

Very wide margins with large watermark of Atlas supporting the globe, and light printer's ink residue.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 2/15/2012