Auction 113, Lot 329

"Americae Pars Meridionalis", Hondius, Henricus

Subject: South America

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.5 x 18.3 inches
54.6 x 46.5 cm

This large, decorative map of the continent is a foundation piece for any South American collection. The coastlines are well detailed but the interior is filled with spurious information. Several rivers (including the Amazon and Paraguay) all have their source in the Lago de los Xarayes. The mythical Parime Lacus dominates the interior of Guyana. The map is richly embellished with ships and sea monsters in the oceans and vignettes of villages and animals on the continent. The large title cartouche features natives and indigenous animals. Latin text on verso.


Condition: B

Fine impression and lovely original color. Remargined at bottom with facsimile of neatline. Faint damp stains barely entering borders.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $550

Closed on 12/7/2005