Auction 139, Lot 360

"Plan de la Baye et du Port de Rio-Janeiro…", Apres de Mannevillette, Jean B. N. D.

Subject: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Period: 1775 (circa)

Publication: Le Neptune Oriental

Color: Hand Color

12.5 x 19.3 inches
31.8 x 49 cm

This important, early chart of the harbor shows Rio Janeiro in block plan form. All islands and coastal features with many soundings and anchorages are depicted. Across from Rio at the mouth of the Guanabara Bay is a lake named Lagoa de Pirate Ningo. Fine compass rose with fleur-de-lys and rhumb lines embellish this large copper-engraved chart. The Neptune Orientale was one of the most significant hydrographical atlases of the eighteenth century.


Condition: A

Watermarked paper with light soiling in blank margins and a tiny tear in bottom blank margin that has been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $750 - $900

Sold for: $700

Closed on 2/15/2012