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Auction 148, Lot 408

"Accuratissima Brasiliae Tabula", Hondius/Jansson

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1652 (circa)

Publication: Nouvel Atlas

Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 14.9 inches
49 x 37.8 cm

Magnificent depiction of Brazil with north oriented to the right by a handsome compass rose. The map is inset with two regions of Dutch interest in the area; Baja de Todos los Sanctos and Pernambuco. The interior is bereft of geographical information except for largely imaginary rivers and forests. Instead the region is filled with dramatic scenes of the indigenous people, including warfare and cannibalism, and some curious wildlife. The hereditary captaincies established by the Portuguese are noted along the coastline. The decorative title cartouche is flanked by a native family and the seas are adorned with sailing ships, a sea monster and a compass rose. French text on verso, published between 1652-58.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9850:1.2.

Condition: B

Attractive old color with toning, light printer's ink residue, a few spots of foxing, and several professionally repaired centerfold separations.

Estimate: $800 - $950


Closed on 2/19/2014