Auction 142, Lot 363

"Brasilia", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1642 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.4 x 15.1 inches
49.3 x 38.4 cm

This map is Blaeu's second map of eastern Brazil with detail confined to the coastlines and the map oriented with north to the right of the chart. The coastline is very detailed, while inland the cartography is highly conjectural and mostly empty, with the exception of the mythical Parime Lago in Guiana and Xarayes Lago in Brazil. The map reflects the short-lived Dutch influence in Brazil through the Dutch West-India Company. It is richly embellished with a title cartouche featuring the Dutch coat of arms, a distance scale cartouche with three putti, compass roses, galleons and rhumb lines. Latin text on verso.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #80.

Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with wide, original margins, light toning and some soiling.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,150

Sold for: $750

Closed on 11/28/2012

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