"Guiana sive Amazonum Regio", Hondius, Henricus
Period: 1638 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.2 x 14.6 inches
48.8 x 37.1 cm
Handsome map extending from the Isla Margarita in the northwest to the coast of northern Brazil near Sao Luis east of the Amazon delta. The map locates at its center a large inland sea, Parime Lacus, on whose northwestern shore lies the fabled city of Manoa, o el Dorado, or the golden city of the Incas. The search for this city led many explorers, including Sir Walter Raleigh, on wild adventures through the jungles. The map is beautifully decorated with three cartouches, ships, sea battles, monsters and a fine compass rose. French text on verso.
Crisp impression and fine color. Damp stains in upper blank margin and at bottom, just touching neatline, still very good.