"Americae pars Meridionalis", Hondius/Jansson
Subject: South America
Period: 1647 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.5 x 18 inches
54.6 x 45.7 cm
This is an important, decorative map of the South American continent. The coastlines are well detailed but the interior is filled with spurious information. Several rivers (including the Amazon and Paraguay) all have their source in the Lago de los Xarayes. The mythical Parime Lacus dominates the interior of Guyana. The map is richly embellished with ships and sea monsters in the oceans and vignettes of villages and animals on the continent. The large title cartouche features natives and indigenous animals. Latin text on verso.
Toned with original color. The bottom centerfold has been repaired and some small cracks in the green color have been backed with Japanese tissue. Some tears in blank margins have various repairs.