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Auction 100, Lot 249

"L'America Meridionale…", Sanson/Rossi

Subject: South America

Period: 1677 (dated)


Color: Black & White

21.5 x 15.5 inches
54.6 x 39.4 cm

Italian version of Sanson's great map of the continent. The relatively unknown Amazon region is left without speculation. However, the mythical Lag. Di Parime, with Manoa Dorado (city of gold) on its western shore, appears in Guyana. The various captaincy settlements in Brazil are named and there is considerable detail of towns and cities. The decorative title cartouche is engraved on a blanket held up by two Indians.


Condition: B

Light scattered foxing and damage along centerfold and margins. Mostly uncolored, with just a bit of old color outlining the political divisions and highlighting the feathers on the Indians in the cartouche.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/12/2002