"Delineatio omnium orarum totius Australis partis Americae", Linschoten, Jan Juygen van
Subject: South America
Period: 1596 (circa)
Color: Black & White
21.9 x 15.4 inches
55.6 x 39.1 cm
This is one of the most striking and decorative maps of South America and is an important early record of the continent. The map is oriented with north to the right and includes Florida and the West Indies. The Straits of Magellan are depicted with Terra del Fuego shown as a part of the great southern landmass. The coastlines are well defined and densely engraved with place names while the interior is filled with fictional mountains, rivers and vignettes of Patagonian giants, Brazilian cannibals and numerous strange animals including a lion-like creature with a striped tail and human face. Other embellishments include large elaborate cartouches, sea monsters, galleons and a beautiful compass rose. Engraved by Arnold van Langeren from Portuguese and Spanish sources that Linschoten gathered while living for six years under the patronage of the Catholic archbishop in Goa.
References: Tooley, Landmarks of Mapmaking p. 216.
Good margins with faint toning from a previous framing, still an excellent example of this map that is often found with damaged folds and minimal margins.