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Portugallia et Algarbia uae olim Lusitania.
Selling price: $355
Sold in 2008
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.
Reference: Royal Geographical Society, BLAUEU\'S THE GRAND ATLAS, pp. 136-137.
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