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A Scarce, Elegant Brazil

Brazil.. SANSON, N. [Paris, 1656]
Le Bresil, dont la Coste set possedeé par les portugais et diviseé en Quatorze Capitanieries. 15 ½ x 21 ¼ inches.
Original outline color; excellent condition.


An attractive, full-size edition of Sanson’s elegantly engraved map of Brazil. It shows the coast of South America encompassing both Rio De Janeiro in the south and the Amazon River in the north. In sharp distinction with Dutch maps of the region that tended to downplay the Portuguese claims to Brazil, Sanson’s map presents the Portuguese colonial administration of the country in detail. The 14 Captaincies of Brazil established by the Portuguese are outlined in original color. Inland, many indigenous tribes are named, as well as known European settlements.

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