Auction 129, Lot 410

"A Map of South America Containing Tierra-Firma, Guayana, New Granada, Amazonia, Brasil, Peru, Paraguay, Chaco, Tucuman, Chili and Patagonia", Sayer & Bennett

Subject: South America

Period: 1779 (dated)

Publication: The General Atlas

Color: Hand Color

Size:
46 x 19.8 inches
116.8 x 50.3 cm

This stunning, large-scale map of South America is beautifully engraved and filled with information. A baroque cartouche incorporates a river scene, an Amazon queen, exotic animals and a treasure chest of gold and silver bars and coins. The Falklands, or Malouine Islands as named by the French, are detailed in an inset chart in the upper right corner. In the lower left, English text describes the political divisions of South America and gives a fascinating summary of its trade goods and strategic importance. For instance, of Terra Firma it is said that "The whole country abounds in Mines of Gold and Precious Stones." Another note describing the Falkland Islands comments, "As Port Egmont, is a very safe & capacious Harbour, It will become of great utility to the British Navy & even to Privateers, in any future War, to annoy the Spanish Trade in the South Sea." Printed on four sheets, joined in two horizontal pairs, each measuring 46 x 19.8" (if these are joined the map would measure approximately 46 x 40").

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Condition: C+

Original outline color. There is some offsetting, minor tears, repairs, and light stains throughout, including an old repair on a 5" tear off the centerfold on the lower sheet. There are some extraneous creases and slight paper loss at corners. The map would be stunning with a modest investment in professional conservation.

Estimate: $400 - $600

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/23/2009

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