Auction 149, Lot 392

"Le Chili. Tire de Celuy que Alf. de Oualle P. de la C.d.I. a Fait Imprimer a Rome en 1646. Et Distingue en ses Treize Iurisdictions", Sanson/Mariette

Subject: Chile

Period: 1656 (dated)

Publication: Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde…

Color: Hand Color

15.2 x 21.1 inches
38.6 x 53.6 cm

This important map of Chile, showing the Cuyo provinces (Chucuito), is based on the descriptions of Alfonso de Ovalle, a Chilean-born Jesuit. Ovalle created the first comprehensive history and description of Chile, which was published in 1646 and is extremely rare. This map is the first widely available edition of Ovalle's map. Detail is primarily confined to the region west of the Andes, with numerous rivers and towns noted, including Santiago, Concepcion, and Valdivia. The map extends south to the Magellan Strait, and is graced with a lovely title cartouche that complements the scientific style of the cartography.

References: Pastoureau, SANSON V A #94.

Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with original outline color in the map and later coloring in the cartouche. There is some scattered foxing in the image.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $300

Closed on 5/21/2014