Fine old color example of the Blaeu-Barleus maps of the Coast of Brazil.
The map was drawn after actual surveys by Georg Markgraf, Elias Herckmanns and others, and was among the first maps of Brazil based on non-Portuguese data.
The maps are richly engraved with a huge scene of a procession of Tupinamba Indians carrying a Dutch flag, part of a sugar mill, and 3 major sea battles depicted in the sea. Includes a coats of arms, a compass rose and strapwork title cartouche.
Blaeu first issued this and its companion maps in 1647 for Gaspar Barleus' Rerum per octennium in Brasilia. They were also assembled into a large wall map, Brasilia qua parte paret Belgis; the places where the sheets overlapped are marked by faint lines at left. The maps then appeared in the Atlas Maior beginning in 1662. This series of maps is one of the most coveted of all Brazilian maps from the 17th Century.
Willem Janszoon Blaeu, patriarch of the Blaeu cartographic dynasty, died in 1638. He had two sons, Cornelis (1610-1648) and Joan (1596-1673). Joan trained as a lawyer, but joined his father’s business rather than practice. After his father’s death, the brothers took over their father’s shop and Joan took on his work as hydrographer to the Dutch East India Company. Cornelis died in 1648, leaving his brother to carry on the workshop alone. Later in life, Joan would modify and greatly expand his father’s Atlas novus, eventually releasing his own masterpiece, the Atlas maior, between 1662 and 1672. The Blaeu workshop burned in 1672 and Joan died a year later.