Le Detroit de Magellan


Fine French map of the Strait of Magellan from 1700.

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This attractively engraved map shows the famous route across the southern tip of South America popularly known as the Strait of Magellan after the first European who successfully traversed its waters in 1520. The entrance is labeled on the right side of the page, with numerous depth soundings and place names identified throughout the approximately 350-mile waterway. Topography is depicted pictorially and several annotations reference indigenous populations or geographic features.

The map was engraved by Charles Inselin and published in Paris by Nicholas de Fer in 1700. Just four years prior, the first French voyage to travel through the Strait of Magellan was led by Jean-Baptiste de Gennes.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1700

Author: Nicholas de Fer

Sheet Width (in): 16

Sheet Height (in): 11.4

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Numerous tears confined to the margins have been repaired on the verso with archival tape. A bold impression on a clean sheet with bright outline color.


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