Auction 134, Lot 360

"Guiana sive Amazonum Regio", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana

Period: 1638 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.4 x 14.6 inches
49.3 x 37.1 cm

Superb example of Bleau's beautiful map of Guiana. It covers the coastline 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, a sea monster and a fine compass rose. French text on verso.

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Condition: A+

Sharp impression and fine original color with wide original margins.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $350

Closed on 12/1/2010

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