"Venezuela, cum Parte Australi Novae Andalusiae", Hondius/Blaeu
Period: 1631 (published)
Publication: Appendix Theatri A. Ortelii et Atlantis G. Mercatoris...
Color: Black & White
19.1 x 14.8 inches
48.5 x 37.6 cm
This beautifully engraved map based on the cartography of Hessel Gerritsz covers the northern coast of South America, Venezuela, east to the mouth of the Orinoco, and includes the offshore islands from Aruba through Dominica and Tobago. The fine engraving illustrates the mountains, forests, rivers, and indigenous animals but shows place names primarily along the coastlines owing to the relatively few explorations made into the interior. The map is richly embellished with title and distance scale cartouches, compass roses, and a galleon. Using the plate bought from Jodocus Hondius' widow in 1629, Blaeu changed the imprint and issued this map along with several other American maps from about 1630 to 1672, when fire destroyed the printing house. Latin text on verso.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9830:2.2.
A dark impression with light toning along the centerfold, minor show-through of text on verso, and light damp stains that are confined to the blank margins.