Auction 150, Lot 479

"Portugalliae que olim Lusitania, Novissima et Exactissima Descriptio, Auctore Vernando Alvaro Secco, et de Integro Emendata, Anno 1600", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Portugal

Period: 1623 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 13.3 inches
49.5 x 33.8 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.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #6300:1A.

Condition: A

A nice impression with attractive color and original margins. There is light, scattered foxing primarily confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $230

Closed on 9/17/2014