"Americae pars Meridionalis", Hondius/Jansson
Subject: South America
Period: 1646 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Hand Color
21.6 x 18.3 inches
54.9 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. Latin text on verso, published between 1646-57.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9800:1B.2.
A dark impression with full original color and moderate printer's ink residue throughout the map. There is a printer's crease adjacent to the centerfold. Short centerfold separations at top and bottom were previously repaired with non-archival tape causing stains primarily confined to the blank margins. The non-archival tape has been removed and the separations have been archivally repaired. There are a few tiny tears along the edges of the sheet.