Catalog Archive
Auction 164, Lot 437

"Tabula Magellanica, qua Tierrae del Fuego, cum Celeberrimis Fretis a F. Magellano et I. Le Maire Detectis Novissima et Accuratissima Descriptio Exhibetur", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Strait of Magellan & Tierra del Fuego

Period: 1642 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.3 x 16.3 inches
54.1 x 41.4 cm

Impressive map of the tip of South America showing the Strait of Magellan and Le Maire Strait. The coastlines are depicted as very mountainous, while the interior is completely without detail. A beautiful sheet, it is richly arrayed with rhumb lines, three compass roses, a fleet of ships, a coat of arms and a Latinized dedication to the artist and scientist Constantine Huygens. There are three strapwork cartouches -- title, key and scale featuring a family group of natives. The map bears Willem Blaeu's signature, but it was published by his son, Johannes. Dutch text on verso, published between 1642-64.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9950:2B.

Condition: B+

Full original color with printer's ink residue, light toning along the centerfold, and one tiny fold separation at top that has been closed with archival tape on verso. The margins have been professionally extended with period-correct paper to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/13/2017