Auction 127, Lot 415

"Guiana sive Amazonum Regio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana

Period: 1642 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19 x 14.5 inches
48.3 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. Jansson's imprint in cartouche at lower right. Dutch text on verso.


Condition: B+

Slight show through of the text, else very good.

Estimate: $275 - $350


Closed on 2/25/2009