Auction 140, Lot 573

"Le Royaume de Portugal et des Algarves…", Sanson/Jaillot

Subject: Portugal

Period: 1696 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Nouveau

Color: Hand Color

21.8 x 29.5 inches
55.4 x 74.9 cm

This large, decorative map of Portugal depicts numerous towns of various sizes and the topography of the land. The map is adorned with two large, allegorical cartouches. The title cartouche features Mercury, a river god, and numerous cherubs. The distance scale cartouche is surrounded by mermen, putti wrestling a sea monster, and the coat of arms of Portugal. Title in Latin above neatline: Nova Regni Portugalliae et Algarbiae Descriptio.

References: Pastoureau, Jaillot I-E [305].

Condition: C+

Tears that enter 3" into map image at right and 12" into map image at top have been partially closed on verso with old paper. There are a few additional short tears that enter map border and a few small chips, one of which has been repaired with old paper with a small amount of border in facsimile at bottom right. There is some soiling and a few damp stains at right.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $160

Closed on 5/23/2012