Auction 129, Lot 430

"Carte du Cours du Maragnon ou de la Grande Riviere des Amazones…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Amazon River

Period: 1780 (circa)

Publication: La Harpe's l'Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Hand Color

14.5 x 7 inches
36.8 x 17.8 cm

This interesting map is usually referred to as "the first scientific map of the Amazon." It shows the expedition in 1743-44 of Charles-Marie La Condamine, a French scientist and explorer. He provided the first scientific account of the Amazon, including notes on how the natives used curare for poison, and introduced rubber trees to Europe.

References: Mercator's World (May/June 1999) pp. 18-25; Portolan (#46 pp. 8-24).

Condition: A

Minor soil in blank margins, else fine.

Estimate: $140 - $200

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/23/2009