"Venezuela, cum parte Australi Novae Andalusiae", Hondius/Blaeu
Period: 1635 (circa)
Publication: Le Theatre du Monde…
Color: Hand Color
19.3 x 14.8 inches
49 x 37.6 cm
This beautifully engraved map is Bleau's version based on the cartography of Hessel Gerritsz. It covers the Venezuelan coast of South America, east to the mouth of the Orinoco, and including the offshore islands from Aruba through Dominica and Tobago. The fine engraving illustrates the mountains, forests, rivers and missions in the interior, 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 in the sea, animals in the interior. French text on verso.
Nice impression and color with minor soil and edge tears in wide original margins.