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"Descripcion de la Provincia de Chile", Herrera y Tordesillas, Antonio de
Period: 1622 (circa)
Publication: Description des Indes Occidentales
Color: Hand Color
11.6 x 8.5 inches
29.5 x 21.6 cm
Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas was the official historian of Spain and the Indies. He compiled a history of the Spanish conquests and early explorations in the Americas. The various editions and translations of his works are scarce. This simple outline map of Chile shows the coastline from Rio Copiapo to the Gulf of Ancud and locates Santiago, Valdivia, and a few other cities. The lack of detail is in keeping with the official policy of protecting Spanish knowledge in the New World.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.HERR-2a #13.
A crisp impression on a watermarked sheet with a small rust spot, printer's ink residue, and a printer's crease adjacent to the centerfold at top.