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Auction 150, Lot 375

"Brasilia", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1643 (circa)

Publication: Le Theatre Du Monde, ou Nouvel Atlas

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 15.2 inches
49.5 x 38.6 cm
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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. The map is dedicated to Christoph Arciszewski von Artischau, who was a Polish nobleman and officer in the service of the West India Company. French text on verso, published between 1643-50.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #80; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9850:2B:2:212-3.

Condition: B+

A crisp impression on a watermarked sheet with light show-through of text on verso and a few short worm tracks straddling the centerfold that have been infilled with old paper.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/17/2014