"Venezuela, cum Parte Australi Novae Andalusiae", Hondius, Henricus
Period: 1634 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.5 x 14.8 inches
49.5 x 37.6 cm
Based on the cartography of Hessel Gerritsz, this beautifully engraved map covers the northern coast of South America, Venezuela, east to the mouth of the Orinoco, and includes the offshore islands from Aruba through Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago. The fine engraving illustrates the mountains, forests, rivers and indigenous animals but shows place names primarily along the coastlines owing to the relatively few explorations made into the interior. The map is richly embellished with title and distance scale cartouches, compass roses and a galleon. French text on verso.
A nice impression and original color on a sheet with some faint irregular toning and a repaired tear in the lower left portion of the map. The centerfold is separated in the upper and lower margins, with some tissue closing the lower one. Short tear in bottom margin.