"America Meridionalis Concinata juxta Observationes … per G. de L'Isle, Geographum…", Lotter, Tobias Conrad
Subject: South America
Period: 1772 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Novus…
Color: Hand Color
22.8 x 18 inches
57.9 x 45.7 cm
Lotter's unusual map of all South America is based on Guillaume Delisle's map of 1705. While faithfully following most of its cartography, it depicts the southern portion of the continent inclined too far to the west. There is good detail and interesting notations concerning recent explorations of the interior. The tracks of several voyages (Magellan, Schouten, Medana, Sarmiento, le Maire, Gallego, Olivier and Drake) are shown in the Pacific where the Solomon Islands are also delineated. The composition is graced by an elegant title cartouche surrounded by an Amazonian queen and a native warrior along with trade goods, a colorful parrot and in incongruous elephant.
Good impression and original color in map with lovely later coloring in the cartouche. There is minor toning along the centerfold. Some water damage in the right side margin has been reinforced, not affecting the map.