Auction 170, Lot 520

"Portugallia et Algarbia quae olim Lusitania. Auctore Vernando Alvero Secco", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Portugal

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication: Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 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. French text on verso, published between 1638-43.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #57; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #6300:2.

Condition: B+

Full contemporary color with light toning along the centerfold at top with several small abrasions in the same area.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $240

Closed on 11/14/2018