Copper engraved map, from the French edition of Bleau’s ‘Atlas Novus’, contemporary hand colour, large decorative title cartouche, ocean embellished with ships and sea monsters, referencing the thriving sea port Callao, compass rose, rhumb lines, central vertical fold, french text on verso, Amsterdam, Johannes Blaeu, c.1640.
An elegant and sought after map of Peru. This is one of the two earliest atlas maps to focus on Peru, along with the map by Henricus Hondius. North is orientated to the left, the map includes numerous place names, lakes, rivers, political boundaries and the area’s famous mountain terrain. Formally a much larger entity, the map shows portions of Eduador and Chile in addition to what is now Peru.