Auction 107, Lot 253

"Guiana sive Amazonum Regio", Hondius/Blaeu

Subject: South America - Northern

Period: 1662 (published)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 14.7 inches
48.8 x 37.3 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. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Atlantes) #9840:2.2.

Condition: B

Lovely original color with a bit of uneven toning. Expert repair on a couple of tiny edge tears.

Estimate: $500 - $700

Sold for: $375

Closed on 6/9/2004