"Americae Meridionales Periplus", Morisot, Claude Barthelemy
Subject: South America
Period: 1643 (published)
Publication: Orbis Maritimi sive Rerum in Mari…
Color: Black & White
6.6 x 5.2 inches
16.8 x 13.2 cm
This rare map of South America appeared in the first comprehensive book on naval and maritime history. The map is printed on a sheet (8.3" x 14") with Latin text on the upper half and a full page text on the verso. The simple map shows only the major topographical features with a few place names. It depicts the large mythical lake (here named Guiana) straddling the equator. It is embellished with a large strapwork title cartouche.
Morisot (1592-1661) was one of the great intellectuals of his time and his works enjoyed great success. His Orbis Maritimi is an extensive encyclopedia of everything relating to maritime affairs. The great European expeditions to the coasts of Africa and North America were extensively described. The first edition contained 44 engraved plates including 23 maps. Later editions did not contain the plates, thus they are quite rare.
The map is a dark, early impression with no flaws except some general text offsetting.