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Auction 101, Lot 242

"Carte du Cours du Maragnon ou de la Grande Riviere des Amazones…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Northern South America

Period: 1760 (circa)


Color: Black & White

14.8 x 7 inches
37.6 x 17.8 cm
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This interesting map is usually referred to as "the first scientific map of the Amazon". It shows the expedition in 1743-44 of Charles-Marie La Condamine, a French scientist and explorer. His was the first scientific account of the Amazon, including notes on how the native used curare for poison, and introduced rubber trees to Europe.


Condition: B

Close trimmed at binding side with a tiny tear just entering neatline and repaired with archival tape. Very faint offsetting, else crisp and clean.

Estimate: $70 - $90

Sold for: $35

Closed on 12/4/2002