"Portugalliae que olim Lusitania, Novissima & Exactissima Descriptio, Auctore Vernando Alvaro Secco...", Mercator/Hondius
Period: 1600 (dated)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae
Color: Hand Color
19.4 x 13.1 inches
49.3 x 33.3 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.
Full original color on watermarked paper with light toning and a few spots of foxing. A centerfold separation and a short tear adjacent to the centerfold are both confined to the bottom blank margin and professionally repaired.