Auction 132, Lot 371

"Guiana sive Amazonum Regio", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana

Period: 1662 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.5 x 14.5 inches
49.5 x 36.8 cm

Beautiful map extending from the Isla Margarita in the northwest to the coast of northern Brazil near Sao Luis east of the Amazon delta. At center lies a large inland sea, Parime Lacus; on its northwestern shore is 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. French text on verso.

References:

Condition: B+

Fine impression and original color on thick paper with enormous margins. Little light toning or foxing. A mirrored pair of wormholes in lower blank margin well away from map image.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $275

Closed on 6/2/2010

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