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LAET, DE J. / GERITSZ, H. - Peru.

LAET, DE J. / GERITSZ, H. -  Peru.
Peru. - LAET, DE J. / GERITSZ, H.
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Title : Peru..
Map maker : LAET, DE J. / GERITSZ, H..
Date : Leiden, Elzevier, 1625.
Size : 11.1 x 14.1 inches. / 28.1 x 35.7 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :Fine map showing mainly the coastline of Peru with large title and scale cartouche in the blank interior. North is to the left.. In the lower right of the map a large compass rose.
Scarce map prepared by Hessel Gerritsz (1581-1632), former apprentice of Willem Blaeu, and Blaeu’s predecessor as chief cartographer of the Dutch East India Company. Gerritsz enjoys a very high reputation for his critical approach towards his sources.
Most of Gerritsz’ work exists only in manuscript, and these maps published by de Laet, are among the only printed Gerritsz maps available to the collector and institution today.
Published in first issue of Joannes De Laet's "Nieuwe Wereldt ofte Beschrijvinghe van West-Indien". First edition in Latin (first edition in Dutch, 1625, expanded and improved in 1630, also in Dutch, with four regional American maps and other material not in the 1625 edition). This work is “one of the most famous contemporary descriptions of the natural history of the New World” (Streeter Sale 37) and one of the early atlases to focus exclusively on America after Wytfliet’s atlas of 1597 and Herrera’s 1601 atlas.
"Arguably the finest description of the Americas published in the seventeenth century" (Burden).
Hessel Gerritsz, map maker for the Dutch VOC, prepared the present map from the information recently derived from the voyage of Jacob Le Maire and Willem Schouten, which resulted in the discovery of both the Le Maire Strait and Cape Horn. The present map is one of the earliest maps to focus on the region, appearing in De Laet's important compilation on the New World.

Condition : Very good and dark impression.

ID: 33728

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