By: Hessel Gerritsz & Joannes de Laet
Date: 1630 (published) Amsterdam
Dimensions: 11.2 x 14.2 inches (28.5 cm x 36 cm)
This is an authentic, antique map the southern portion of South America, focusing on the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego by Hessel Gerritsz & Joannes de Laet. The map was published in Amsterdam as part of de Late’s Nieuwe Wereldt ofte Beschrijvinghe van West-Indien… in 1630.
This fine map intricately depicts the Strait of Magellan and the newly discovered Strait of Marie. The map is one of the earliest maps to clearly depict Tierra del Fuego as an island, separate from the widely assumed “Great Southern Continent” commonly referred to as Terra Australias or Magellanica. This southern tip of South America and its straits were extremely important with regard to European trade with the East Indies. The map is presented with a westward orientation with North to the right and is embellished with a strap work title cartouche, compass rose and banner containing three distance scales.
Hessel Gerritsz is considered to be one of the most important Dutch cartographers of the 17th century. Most of his work exists only in manuscript and these maps, published by De Laet, are the only Gerritsz maps available to the collector today. Johannes De Laet's Nieuwe Wereldt ofte Beschrijvinghe van West-Indien was the second earliest compilation of maps to focus on America, after Cornelis Wyfliet's work of 1597.
Condition: This map is in A condition with full margins light offsetting a paper browning. Map exhibits lovely hand coloring.
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