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Auction 158, Lot 191

"Guiana sive Amazonum Regio", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana

Period: 1631 (published)

Publication: Appendix Theatri A. Ortelii et Atlantis G. Mercatoris...

Color: Black & White

19.4 x 14.8 inches
49.3 x 37.6 cm
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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. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9840:2.2.

Condition: A

A fine impression with minor show-through of text on verso and a couple of short edge tears in the bottom blank margin that have been closed on verso with archival materials. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/22/2016