"Provinciae Sitae ad Fretum Magallanis Itemque Fretum le Maire", de Laet, Joannes
Subject: Southern South America
Period: 1630 (circa)
Publication: Beschrijvinghe van West-Indien…
Color: Hand Color
14.1 x 11 inches
35.8 x 27.9 cm
This fine map is the work of Hessel Gerritsz, one of the most important Dutch cartographers of the 17th century. The map vividly depicts the important tip of South America, key to European trade with the East Indies, with the narrow and treacherous Strait of Magellan and the recently discovered Strait le Maire. The map is oriented with north on the right and it is simply embellished with a strapwork title cartouche, compass rose and banner containing three distance scales.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.LAET-1b #10.
A hint of toning on paper with a fleur-de-lis coat of arms watermark.