"Carte de la Terre Ferme, du Perou, du Bresil, et du Pays des Amazones…", Delisle, Guillaume
Subject: South America - Northern
Period: 1703 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
25.5 x 19.2 inches
64.8 x 48.8 cm
This handsome and important map of the northern part of South America is filled with information and notations speculating about the Indian tribes and the tributaries of the Amazon. The capitaineries are shown along the coast of Brazil. A notation in Guyana notes the mythical Lac de Parime on which the golden city of Manoa del Dorado was supposed to be located. The central part of the map (Pays des Amazones) is filled with Indian names. The Inca Way (Grand chemin des Ingas) is shown from Chuquisaca in Peru to Pasto in Colombia. The title cartouche, engraved by Charles Simonneau, features mythical Amazon warriors, a pot of gold and King Louis XIV, as the Sun King. There is evidence that the imprint of Louis Renard was been removed under Delisle's imprint, evidence of the failed relationship, in which Renard sold Delisle's maps in the Dutch market.
Light toning along the centerfold with some minor paper restoration in the blank margins, well away from the map.