Auction 141, Lot 344

"Guiana sive Amazonum Regio", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana

Period: 1660 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.3 x 14.8 inches
49 x 37.6 cm

Blaeu's beautiful map of Guiana 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 engaged in a sea battle, a sea monster and a fine compass rose.

References:

Condition: B+

Attractive color with a few rust spots and a small archivally repaired hole in compass rose. Some minor centerfold separations near the center have also been closed with archival materials.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $220

Closed on 9/5/2012

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