"Americae pars Meridionalis", Hondius, Henricus
Subject: South America
Period: 1640 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.7 x 18.3 inches
55.1 x 46.5 cm
This is an important, decorative map of the continent is a foundation piece for any South American collection. 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.
A nice impression with light, even toning, an archivally repaired centerfold separation at top, and a tiny hole in blank area of map at top. Margin trimmed close at top.