"Terra Firma et Novum Regnum Granatense et Popayan", Hondius/Blaeu
Period: 1643 (circa)
Publication: Le Theatre du Monde...
Color: Hand Color
19.3 x 14.8 inches
49 x 37.6 cm
This splendid map of the Isthmus of Panama and northwestern South America includes most of present day Colombia and part of Venezuela. The map is based on the cartography of Hessel Gerritsz and formed one of the prototypes for South American cartography throughout the rest of the century. Jodocus Hondius engraved the map. After his death, Blaeu obtained the copper plate, added his imprint, and issued the map in a number of atlases. Two cartouches and a pair of compass roses dramatically decorate this map. French text on verso, published between 1643-50.
References: Kapp (MCC-77) #11; Manasek #50; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9810:2.2.
Full original color on watermarked paper with good margins and two small spots along the centerfold at the bottom of the image. A tiny tear along bottom edge of sheet has been archivally repaired, and there is a short centerfold separation at top edge of sheet.