"Provinciae Sitae ad Fretum Magallanis Itemque Fretum le Maire", Gerritsz/De Laet
Subject: Southern South America
Period: 1630 (circa)
Publication: Nieuwe Wereldt ofte Beschrijvinghe van West-Indien…
Color: Hand Color
14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 cm
This fine map is the work of Hessel Gerritsz, one of the most important Dutch cartographers of the 17th century. His cartography of South America laid the foundation for many other cartographers. 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.
Watermarked paper with minor toning, some faint spots, and two short printer's creases. There are a few tiny tears and chips in top and bottom blank margins that have been archivally repaired, not affecting map. Trimmed at right and left with some loss of neatline, apparently as issued.