"Portugallia et Algarbia quae olim Lusitania. Auctore Vernando Alvero Secco", Blaeu, (Family)
Period: 1650 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.6 x 15.1 inches
49.8 x 38.4 cm
Two superb compass roses orient this beautiful map of Portugal with north to the right. The cartography is based on Fernando Alvarez Secco, a Portuguese chart maker whose (1560) map was used by various publishers until the end of the 17th century. The map is adorned with numerous artistic embellishments including ships, coats-of-arms, Neptune astride a sea monster, and a title cartouche flanked by Moors using scientific instruments. The imprint of Willem and Joannes Blaeu is at lower right. Dutch text on verso, published between 1647-64.
References: Goss (Blaeu) #57; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #6300:2.
Attractive color and wide margins with light toning, show-through of text on verso, and minor foxing.