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Auction 106, Lot 263

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

Subject: South America - Amazon

Period: 1773 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

14.7 x 6.7 inches
37.3 x 17 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 the introduction of rubber trees to Europe.

References: Mercator's World (May/June 1999) pp. 18-25; The Portolan (#46 pp. 8-24).

Condition: A

Fine original color.

Estimate: $90 - $120

Sold for: $275

Closed on 3/3/2004