19 ½ x 22 ½ inches. Original color; fine condition.
Superb original-color example of this large, ornate map of the kingdom of Portugal, with an inset map of the kingdom’s colonies in Brazil. The allegorical cartouche alludes to Portugal’s profitable history of exploration. To the left, Neptune astride his chariot, showing dominance over the sea. To the right, Europa reaps the benefit of that domination: she stands upon shipping chests and rolls of silk, while a putto pours coin at her feet from a cornucopia. Another putto displays the arms of the kingdoms of Portugal and the Algarve (the southernmost Kingdom within that of Portugal itself, historically the starting point of many of the Portugal’s early voyages of discovery.)