Auction 125, Lot 396

"Carte du Cours du Maragnon ou de la Grande Riviere des Amazones…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Amazon River

Period: 1773 (published)

Publication: Raynal's Histoire Philosophique et Politique…

Color: Hand Color

14.5 x 7 inches
36.8 x 17.8 cm

This interesting map is usually referred to as "the first scientific map of the Amazon." It shows the expedition in 1743-44 of Charles-Marie La Condamine, a French scientist and explorer. He provided the first scientific account of the Amazon, including notes on how the natives used curare for poison, and introduced rubber trees to Europe.

References: Mercator's World (May/June 1999) pp. 18-25; Portolan (#46 pp. 8-24).

Condition: A+

Fine impression and original color.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $160

Closed on 9/24/2008