Auction 151, Lot 388

"De Voorgenome Scheeps-Togt van Sebastiaan Gaboto, om door de Straat Magellaan na de Moluccos te Stevenen, aan Rio de la Plata Voleyndigt", Aa, Pieter van der

Subject: South America

Period: 1710 (circa)

Publication: Naaukeurige Versameling der Gedenk-Waardigste Zee en Land-Reysen

Color: Hand Color

8.8 x 6 inches
22.4 x 15.2 cm

This small map of the continent is filled with detail and illustrates the explorations of Sebastian Cabot. In 1525 Cabot embarked upon an expedition to calculate the precise demarcation of the Treaty of Tordesillas, which divided the lands outside of Europe between Spain and Portugal. With a fleet of four ships and 200 men, Cabot landed in Brazil and then proceeded to explore the interior of the Rio de la Plata. He constructed a fort named San Salvador and then ventured up the Parana River, establishing another fort named Espiritu Santo. Both forts are noted on the map. With the exception of a small area in central Brazil, the map is fully engraved with rivers, towns, and mountain ranges. The mythical Parime Lacus appears just north of the equator, with the fabled golden city Manoa el Dorado on its western shore. This map was published in van der Aa's compilation of early voyages of exploration.


Condition: B+

A dark impression with attractive color, light toning, and a few spots of foxing. The top margin has been extended to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $80

Closed on 11/19/2014