"Tractus Australior Americae Meridionalis, a Rio de la Plata per Fretum Magellanicum ad Toraltum / Nieuwe Perfecte Pascaert van 't Suyderlyckste deel van Suyt America, van Rio de la Plata door de Straet Magellaen tot Toral", Wit, Frederick de
Subject: Southern South America
Period: 1675 (circa)
Publication: Orbis Marititimus ofte Zee Atlas
Color: Hand Color
21.8 x 19.1 inches
55.4 x 48.5 cm
Very striking sea chart depicting the southern part of South America from the Rio de la Plata to Tierra del Fuego, showing the Straits of Magellan. The chart is topped with a magnificent title cartouche featuring natives mining and offering gifts to their European masters. The sea is decorated with a group of ships engaged in battle. The grand cartouche and embellishments are the work of the famous Dutch etcher Romain de Hooghe.
A crisp impression on watermarked paper with full original color, a few light spots, and a centerfold separation in the bottom blank margin. A small, archivally repaired worm hole appears at bottom left.