Auction 93, Lot 177

"Novus Brasiliae Typus", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.3 x 14.7 inches
49 x 37.3 cm

Gorgeous copper engraved map of eastern Brazil with detail confined to the coastlines and oriented with north to the right of the chart. The interior is filled with small vignettes of indigenous animals and native scenes including cannibalism. Inset within a decorative border is a small map of "Baya de todos Sanctos". In the sea are monsters, a galleon and two compass roses. The large title cartouche features a male and female Brazilian, both of whom are shown naked. At some point in the map's life these figures have had their genitals discreetly erased.

References:

Condition: A

Beautiful later color.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,200

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 12/6/2000

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