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Auction 191, Lot 418

"Brasilia", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1647 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 15.2 inches
49.8 x 38.6 cm
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This map is Blaeu's second map of eastern Brazil with detail confined to the coastlines and the map oriented with north to the right of the chart. The coastline is very detailed, while inland the cartography is highly conjectural and mostly empty, with the exception of the mythical Parime Lago in Guiana and Xarayes Lago in Brazil. The map reflects the short-lived Dutch influence in Brazil through the Dutch West-India Company. It is richly embellished with a title cartouche featuring the Dutch coat of arms, a distance scale cartouche with three putti, compass roses, galleons and rhumb lines. The map is dedicated to Christoph Arciszewski von Artischau, who was a Polish nobleman and officer in the service of the West India Company. German text on verso, published between 1647-70.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #80; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9850:2B.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on a sturdy sheet with light printer's ink residue, a few small spots, and dampstains confined to the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $500

Closed on 2/8/2023