"Portugalliae que olim Lusitania, Novissima et Exactissima Descriptio...", Mercator/Hondius
Period: 1625 (circa)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae
Color: Hand Color
19.3 x 13.1 inches
49 x 33.3 cm
Baptista van Doetecum engraved this magnificent map of Portugal, one of the few maps he engraved for the Mercator/Hondius atlas. It is oriented with north to the right and richly adorned with three strapwork cartouches, a compass rose, coat-of-arms, sailing ships and a very devilish-looking sea monster. The map is based on Fernando Alvarez Secco's map of 1561. Latin text on verso.
Old color on watermarked paper with marginal soiling and a minor printer's crease adjacent to centerfold.