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Auction 154, Lot 314

"Bay et Chateau de Porto Bello", Aa, Pieter van der

Subject: Portobelo Bay, Panama

Period: 1729 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

12.2 x 8.6 inches
31 x 21.8 cm

This handsome map of historic Portobello Bay was copied from Pierre Mortier's map of circa 1692. Portobello was a strategic Spanish transfer point for gold and silver coming from South America. The map shows the locations of two forts protecting the bay -- Fort Grande (Santiago) and Fort de le Mare (San Felipe) -- as well as the location of the King's stables (San Jeronimo), where gold and silver was loaded onto ships. The map is beautifully presented with a compass rose and rhumb lines.

References: Kapp (MCC-73) #32.

Condition: B+

Attractive color on watermarked paper with very wide margins. There is light scattered foxing primarily confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/16/2015