Catalog Archive
Auction 156, Lot 505

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

Subject: Portugal

Period: 1619 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

19.4 x 13.2 inches
49.3 x 33.5 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. French text on verso.

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

Condition: B+

A crisp impression with superb, full original color on watermarked paper. There is some color offsetting, very light toning, and minor scattered foxing primarily confined to the blank margins. There is a tiny centerfold separation in bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/17/2016