Auction 140, Lot 571

"Portugallia et Algarbia quae olim Lusitania. Auctore Vernando Alvaro Secco", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Portugal

Period: 1635 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.4 x 15 inches
49.3 x 38.1 cm

Two superb compass roses orient this beautiful map of Portugal with north to the right. The cartography is based on Fernando Alvarez Secco, a Portuguese chart maker whose (1560) map was used by various publishers until the end of the 17th century. The map is adorned with numerous artistic embellishments including ships, coats-of-arms, Neptune astride a sea monster, and a title cartouche flanked by Moors using scientific instruments. The imprint of Willem and Joannes Blaeu is at lower right. French text on verso.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #57.

Condition: B

Wide margins with a few small stains primarily above the title and distance scale cartouches, a damp stain in the lower right blank margin, and a few small edge tears confined to the blank margins. An ownership label is adhered to the lower right corner, well away from the image.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $250

Closed on 5/23/2012