By: Blondel la Rougery
Date: 1948, France
Dimensions: 9.5 x 12 inches (24 x 30 cm)
This pictorial map of Brazil is a fine example of the work of Blondel la Rougery, a leading cartography company in twentieth century France. Produced in 1948, Blondel la Rougery’s map is a wonderful example of pictorial cartography.
The map shows the entire continent of South America, but only includes details for Brazil. The map highlights important cities and regions of the country like Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Bahia. Around the print are vignettes of historical scenes and figures. On the left side of the map is an illustration of Jean Cousin encountering indigenous peoples. Cousin claimed to have set foot in the western hemisphere in 1488, four years before Columbus. In the lower left corner is the Butantã Snake Institute, a biological research institute in São Paulo that extracts reptiles’ and insects’ venom and uses these to develop antivenoms and medicines against various diseases. Also included are portraits of Pedro Alvarez Cabral, Don Pedro, and Nicolas Durand de Villegaignon.
The map is in full color with beautiful detail and finely produced illustrations. With its fascinating historical detail, this map by Blondel la Rougery is a beautiful example of mid-century mapmaking and pictorial cartography.
Condition: Map is in A condition with full margins and bright colors.
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