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Auction 174, Lot 342

"Accuratissima Brasiliae Tabula", Hondius/Jansson

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1647 (published)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 14.9 inches
49 x 37.8 cm
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Magnificent depiction of Brazil with north oriented to the right by a handsome compass rose. The map is inset with two regions of Dutch interest in the area; Baja de Todos los Sanctos and Pernambuco. The interior is bereft of geographical information except for largely imaginary rivers and forests. Instead the region is filled with dramatic scenes of the indigenous people, including warfare and cannibalism, and some curious wildlife. The hereditary captaincies established by the Portuguese are noted along the coastline. The decorative title cartouche is flanked by a native family and the seas are adorned with sailing ships, a sea monster and a compass rose. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9850:1.2.

Condition: B

Full contemporary color that has been refreshed, with toning and soiling. There are several short cracks that have been archivally repaired on verso. This map will ship flat.

Estimate: $475 - $600


Closed on 9/11/2019