BARLAEUS, CASPAR. 1584-1648.
Rerum per Octennium in Brasilia et alibi nuper gestarum.... Amsterdam: Joannis Blaeu, 1647.
Folio (435 x 298 mm). , *-2*2 A-4S2. Engraved dedication, engraved portrait of Maurice of Nassau, 25 double-page engraved maps and plans, 31 double-page engraved plates. Early calf, rebacked preserving original spine, spine gilt. Browning and foxing, worming predominately in margins, repairs throughout, some leaves with vertical creases, binding worn, worming to spine, sold w.a.f.
Provenance: property of a member of the Austregesilo family.
FIRST EDITION of this account of the Dutch colonial empire in Brazil, considered by Sabin to be a "magnificent work" and a great rarity due to a fire that consumed much of Blaeu's stock. The maps and views were the main European reference source of the Brazilian landscape for 160 years. Sabin 3408.