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Auction 189, Lot 325

"Accuratissima Brasiliae Tabula", Hondius, Henricus

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1633 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas ou Representation du Monde

Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 14.9 inches
49 x 37.8 cm
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Magnificent depiction of Brazil with north oriented to the right by a handsome compass rose. The map is inset with two regions of Dutch interest in the area: Baja de Todos los Sanctos and Pernambuco. The interior is bereft of geographical information except for largely imaginary rivers and forests. Instead the region is filled with dramatic scenes of the indigenous people, including warfare and cannibalism, and some curious wildlife. The hereditary captaincies established by the Portuguese are noted along the coastline. The decorative title cartouche is flanked by a native family and the seas are adorned with sailing ships, a sea monster, and a compass rose. French text on verso, published between 1639-49.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9850:1.1.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on a bright sheet with a large "A" watermark, light toning along the centerfold and a bit of show-through of text on verso. There are professional repairs to several holes and separations along the centerfold, with a bit of the image skillfully replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $325

Closed on 9/14/2022