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Auction 178, Lot 266

"Chili", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Chile

Period: 1663 (circa)

Publication: Le Grand Atlas

Color: Hand Color

18.7 x 13.9 inches
47.5 x 35.3 cm
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This striking map covers the known coastal region of Chile from around Antofagasta in the north to Cabo Gallegos in the south. The map is oriented with north to the left with two bold compass roses. The Andes are prominently shown, with two live volcanoes in the vicinity of Villarrica. Beyond the mountains, in what is now Argentina, there is a large unnamed (and nonexistent) lake and the cities of Mendoza and San Juan - with San Juan incorrectly placed to the south of Mendoza. Otherwise, the map is surprisingly accurate for its age with many recognizable place names, including La Serena, S. Iago (Santiago), Concepcion, Valdivia, and the Gulf of Ancud. It is beautifully adorned with three large cartouches, a scroll-style key, sailing ships, and sea monsters. French text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9920:2.2.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with light scattered foxing, some printer's ink residue, and remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $400 - $475


Closed on 6/10/2020