Auction 122, Lot 412

"Guiana sive Amazonum Regio", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Guyana, Suriname

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.5 inches
49.5 x 36.8 cm

This striking map extends 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, mythical inland sea, Parime Lacus, on whose northwestern shore lies the fabled city Manoa del 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.


Condition: B+

A lovely impression on a strong sheet. Near fine with some minor foxing, mostly in the margins and some faint offsetting.

Estimate: $550 - $650


Closed on 12/5/2007