"Partie de Terre Ferme ou sont Guiane et Caribane. Augmentee et Corrigee Suivant les Dernieres Relations", Sanson/Mariette
Subject: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana
Period: 1656 (dated)
Publication: Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde…
Color: Hand Color
21.1 x 16 inches
53.6 x 40.6 cm
This map of present-day Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and part of Brazil depicts several conjectural lakes and rivers. The mythical Lac Parime is prominently shown in a rectangular shape, with the fabled Manoa o el Dorado (City of Gold) on its western shore. The Orinoco River flows in a southern, rather than western, direction and connects to another conjectural lake, Cassipa Lacus. The map extends to include Trinidad, Tobago, and Isla de Margarita in the north and the mouth of the Amazon River in the south. A large, decorative cartouche fills the otherwise blank ocean.
References: Pastoureau, Sanson V-A .
Original outline color on watermarked paper with light toning along centerfold and a spot of printer's ink residue at bottom left.