Auction 108, Lot 271

"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

14.5 x 7 inches
36.8 x 17.8 cm

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 natives 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+

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $210

Closed on 9/29/2004