Catalog Archive
Auction 164, Lot 438

"Freti Magellanici ac Novi Freti Vulgo Le Maire Exactissima Delineatio", Mercator/Jansson

Subject: Strait of Magellan & Tierra del Fuego

Period: 1651 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.6 x 5.3 inches
19.3 x 13.5 cm

This strongly engraved small map covers the tip of South America showing both the Strait of Magellan and Le Maire Strait. Engraved to show the rugged mountainous terrain and treacherous sea passages. There is a Latin note near Patagonia about the giants in the region who are ten feet tall! Engraved by Petrus Kaerius and decorated with fine title and scale cartouches. German text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #9950:352.1.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with light toning, some show-through of text on verso, scattered foxing primarily confined to the blank margins, and a small hole in the right blank margin.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $75

Closed on 9/13/2017