"Littora Brasiliae / Pascaert van Brasil", Renard/De Wit
Period: 1715 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
22.3 x 19 inches
56.6 x 48.3 cm
This magnificent map of Brazil is primarily a sea chart with details confined to the coastline. Oriented with north to the left by two fine compass roses, it covers the Brazilian coastline from the mouth of the Amazon to the Rio de la Plata in what is now Argentina. A dramatic title cartouche that fills the interior is constructed of a montage of scenes showing Portuguese and Dutch explorers and missionaries, an Indian ceremony, mining, exotic animals and produce, etc. Rhumb lines cross the entire map, which is further embellished by four sailing ships. North is oriented to the left. This is the Renard edition of the map that was first published by Frederick de Wit, circa 1675.
There is some minor soiling and small worm holes and tracks that have been professionally infilled near the centerfold, with a small amount of image in facsimile and a few tiny areas of loss of image.