"Venezuela, cum parte Australi Novae Andalusiae", Jansson, Jan
Period: 1645 (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 Jansson'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 embellished with title and distance scale cartouches, a pair of compass roses and a galleon in the sea. French text on verso.
Attractive original color with some minor offsetting. Short marginal fold splits well away from the map; repaired at bottom but not at top.