Auction 124, Lot 372

"Guiana sive Amazonum Regio", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana

Period: 1630 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.5 x 14.5 inches
49.5 x 36.8 cm

Beautiful map extending from the Isla Margarita in the northwest to the coast of northern Brazil near Sao Luis east of the Amazon delta. At center lies a large inland sea, Parime Lacus; on its northwestern shore is 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.

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Condition: A

Rich, velvety impression on a sound sheet with lovely color. The wide original margins have a couple of short tears, well away from the map.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $400

Closed on 5/7/2008

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