"Guiana sive Amazonum Regio", Hondius, Henricus
Subject: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana
Period: 1650 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.2 x 14.6 inches
48.8 x 37.1 cm
This handsome copper engraved map details the Guiana area of northeastern South America. It 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 inland sea, Parime Lacus, on whose northwestern shore lies the fabled city of Manoa, o el 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, sea monster and a fine compass rose. On verso is Latin text and a large drop-cap "G", but no page number.
Very nice example with wide, original margins, fine impression and good hand coloring. A lazy crease along centerfold and one area of foxing near compass rose, otherwise very good.