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Published in the best series of maps of the New World to be produced to date this map, delicately engraved by Hessel Gerritsz, is the first detailed map of Peru, the country oriented with north to the left. Johannes De Laet, a director of the recently formed Dutch West India Company, had gathered information from the most up-to-date sources to create maps of each area of South America and, in 1630 for the second edition, including parts of North America. The maps, finely and carefully engraved, proved the most influential of the century being copied and republished by most
major mapmakers of the time. Although lacking the more flamboyant decoration that typified later Dutch mapmakers' work this is an important and rare map.
A couple of marginal nicks, not affecting map area, otherwise a good example.
mapmaker: J. De Laet
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1625-1630
medium and colour: Copperplate, Uncolouredref: 18392
size in mm: 280 x 360
Price: £ 400£ 240
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