Auction 140, Lot 399

"Paraguay, o Prov. de Rio de la Plata cum Regionibus Adiacentibus Tucuman et Sta. Cruz de la Sierra", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Central South America, Paraguay

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19 x 14.8 inches
48.3 x 37.6 cm

Superb map of the region including the Paraguay River basin and the Peru-Chilean coast with Lake Titicaca. The Rio de la Plata is boldly shown with many large islands in the broad river. The mythical Lago de los Xarayes is featured on the map, which was believed to connect the Rio de la Plata and Amazon River systems. Several towns are named including R. Ianeiro, S. Paulo, Buenos Ayres, Corduba, Medoca, Arica, Potosi and Cusco. A large decorative title cartouche incorporates the distance scales, while a smaller cartouche features an armillary sphere. A fine, large compass rose with fleur-de-lys also adorns the sheet. Dutch text on verso.

References:

Condition: B+

Old color and wide margins with light damp stains that just enter map border at bottom & a couple tiny tears in wide original margins, none affecting the map.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $275

Closed on 5/23/2012

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