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A Finely Engraved Map of Brazil in Original Color

Brazil. HONDIUS, H. [Amsterdam, 1638]
Accuratissima Brasiliae Tabula... 15 x 19 ¼ inches.
Fine original color; lightly toned else excellent condition.


One of the most richly pictorial, Dutch maps of Brazil, published at the time the Dutch were attempting to colonize the region. The two inset maps of Pernambuco and of the “Baya de todos os Sanctos” focus on the areas that particularly interested the Dutch. The richly decorative cartouche combines local flora with native figures. The interior of Brazil is replete with pictures of native habitations, including a native resting in a hammock, and of tribal warfare and cannibalism.

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