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BLAEU, Joan and Willem - Portugallia et Algarbia uae olim Lusitania.

BLAEU, Joan and Willem - Portugallia et Algarbia uae olim Lusitania.
Portugallia et Algarbia uae olim Lusitania. - BLAEU, Joan and Willem
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Title : Portugallia et Algarbia uae olim Lusitania..
Map maker : BLAEU, Joan and Willem.
Date : Amsterdam, ca. 1642.
Size : 15.0 x 19.7 inches. / 38.0 x 50.0 cm.
Colouring : Coloured

Description :A popular Blaue map of Portugal, based on the work of Fernao Alvares Seco. Verso text: German.
This very detailed map depicts Portugal with numerous ships and Neptune adorning the sea. Designed after the map by Seco who is credited with creating the first modern map of Portugal. Topographical features are shown and mountains and waterways defined. Most cities, towns, and islands are located.
The Arabic figures on either side of the title cartouche represent the earlier period in Portugal's history when Algarve and Portugal to the south of the Tejo were under Muslim dominion. In contrast, several sailing ships hint at the maritime power of Portugal providing a lifeline to an empire which included a large part of South America, the settlements in Africa and the possessions in Asia and the East Indies.
Royal Geographical Society, BLAUEU\'S THE GRAND ATLAS, pp. 136-137.
Condition : In very good condition. Sharp, dark impression. A couple of insignificant damp stains in top margin, well away from the plate. Beautiful period correct color. Wide margins

ID: 90500

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