Auction 133, Lot 342

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

Subject: Northern South America - Amazon River

Period: 1773 (published)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14.7 x 6.8 inches
37.3 x 17.3 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

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $110

Closed on 9/1/2010

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