"Mapa de la Provincia, y Missiones de la Compania de IHS del Nuevo Reyno de Granada",
Subject: Northern South America
Period: 1741 (circa)
Publication: El Orinoco Ilustrado y Defendido
Color: Hand Color
16 x 11.1 inches
40.6 x 28.2 cm
This rare map of the northern tip of South America is centered on the Orinoco River, extending from Cartagena, Colombia in the west to present-day French Guiana in the east. The mythical Laguna de Parima is depicted along the equator. A legend identifies cities and towns, Jesuit schools and missions, and locations where missionaries died. An inset at bottom right depicts part of the Amazon River. A decorative cartouche at bottom dedicates the map to Francisco de Miranda. Drawn by Padre Joseph Gumilla, engraved by Paulus Minguet, and published by Manuel Fernandez.
Issued folding, now pressed on watermarked paper with a few tiny fold separations that have been repaired with archival materials. There is an archivally repaired tear that enters 2.5" into map image at right. The map has been remargined at right and left with part of left-hand border in facsimile.