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Peru : J. Hondius / G. Blaeu

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An attractive example of this fine map of Peru, oriented with north to the right and with a magnificent large title cartouche at top left. The Blaeu family's maps were renowned for the quality of their engraving and printing and this fine map is a good example. First published in 1629 in Blaeu atlases, this was one of the plates acquired by Blaeu from the stock of Jodocus Hondius, originally engraved about 1620. This example has German text on the verso and could have been published around 16482 although the print quality remains strong and clear. A large compass appears at lower right casting rhumb lines across the ocean in which sea monsters and Dutch sailing ships are shown. Cartographic detail, like that for most of the South American maps in Blaeu's atlas, was taken from the maps of Cornelis Wytfliet published first in 1597. Minor light surface marks and evidence of old folds and creases, nevertheless a decorative example of a desirable map.
mapmakers: J. Hondius   G. Blaeu  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1630 - c.1650
medium and colour: copperplate, Original colour
size in mm: 375 by 485mm (14.75 by 19 inches).
ref: 44174

Price: £ 360

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