"Chili", Gerritsz/De Laet
Period: 1630 (published)
Publication: Nieuwe Wereldt ofte Beschrijvinghe van West-Indien…
Color: Hand Color
14.2 x 11.1 inches
36.1 x 28.2 cm
This bold map covers Chili, from Puente de Vetes in the North to Cap de Diego Gallego in the south with north to the left. Beautiful title cartouche, scale of miles, map key and a large compass rose make this a very attractive sheet. Hessel Gerritsz's cartography of South America laid the foundation for many other cartographers. Johannes de Laet, the director of the Dutch West India Company, was privy to the latest topographical knowledge.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.LAET-1b #9.
A bright sheet with a large coat of arms watermarked paper with some light printer's ink residue and a 1" edge tear at left that has been professionally repaired. There is some professional paper restoration in the blank margins, not affecting map.