Auction 135, Lot 381

"Americae pars Meridionalis", Hondius, Henricus

Subject: South America

Period: 1630 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.8 x 18.3 inches
55.4 x 46.5 cm

This is an important, decorative map of the South American continent. The coastlines are well detailed but the interior is filled with spurious information. Several rivers (including the Amazon and Paraguay) all have their source in the Lago de los Xarayes. The mythical Parime Lacus dominates the interior of Guyana. The map is richly embellished with ships and sea monsters in the oceans and vignettes of villages and animals on the continent. The large title cartouche features natives and indigenous animals. French text on verso.


Condition: B

Original color with some mild offsetting. Minor fold separations and a tear in to the bottom border have been repaired with tissue on verso. Some paper damage in the top blank margins has been restored.

Estimate: $750 - $850

Sold for: $450

Closed on 2/16/2011