Lovely Picture-Frame Style Border
"Le Bresil, Suivant les Nouvelles Observations de Messrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences, Etc.", Aa, Pieter van der
Period: 1705 (circa)
Color: Black & White
15.9 x 13.2 inches
40.4 x 33.5 cm
Finely engraved map of Brazil with particularly good detail along the coastline and in the capitanias. The interior includes notations on the various Indian inhabitants, mineral deposits and river systems. Decorated with a fine title cartouche representing the wealth of the region. The map is surrounded by an elaborate picture-frame style border, which was printed from a separate plate. Van der Aa's maps with the separately printed frame borders are much more uncommon than the standard editions without these decorative borders.
A crisp impression on a sheet with a fleur-de-lis watermark and moderate, slightly uneven toning. There is paper weakness along the map's platemark at right that has been reinforced on verso with archival tape.