Auction 117, Lot 408

"[Lot of 2 - Maps Central South America]",

Subject: South America - Central

Period: 1733-1756 (circa)


Color: Black & White

See Description

1) Le Paraguay ou les R.R. P P. de la Compagnie de Jesus ont repandu leurs Missions is an attractive and detailed map of the central part of South America showing the missions as well as topography, rivers and towns. The map extends from Lake Titicaca to Sao Paulo, and to Chili and the mouth of the La Plata. The La Plata is mapped with much detail, but incorrectly with its source in a Laguna de Los Xareyes. The decorative cartouche reflects back on the Catholic Church and the Jesuit missionaries who provided the information for the map. Published in Lettres Edifiantes et Curieuses in Paris in 1733 by Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville. (11.5 x 11.5").

2) An Accurate Map of Paraguay, Tucumania, Chaco, Rio de la Plata &c. with part of Brasil from 20 to 37 Degrees South Latitude. This is an interesting copper engraved map that shows considerable detail throughout the region, locating scores of rivers and numerous towns and villages. A long notation discusses the Jesuit settlements in Paraguay and notes that the native population of about 300,000 families has been reduced into a State of absolute Subjection and Slavery to their present Tyrannical masters, the Jesuits. Simple compass rose and decorative cartouche. This map was engraved by Emanuel Bowen and published in London in the General Magazine of Arts & Sciences of February, 1756 (16.8 x 11.2").

References: Map 2 - Jolly: GENMAS-71.


1. B - Dark impression with a close left margin and folds as issued. Light damp stain in lower margin, just past neatline. 2. C - Sharp impression. Closely trimmed on binding side with a small amount of loss to the neatline and a short tear just past neatline. Left corner separated but present, mounted to an old mat board.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $375

Closed on 12/6/2006