"Amerique Meridionale ", Sanson/Mariette
Subject: South America
Period: 1650 (dated)
Publication: Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde…
Color: Hand Color
21.3 x 15.6 inches
54.1 x 39.6 cm
This attractive map presents the continent with Sanson's characteristic attention to detail. The relatively unknown Amazon region is left with little speculation. The mythical Lac de Parime still appears with the legendary Manoa del Dora (city of gold) on its western shore; although the lake is diminished in size from earlier depictions. There is considerable detail of towns and cities and the capitaineries are delineated in Brazil. Decorated with a strapwork title cartouche. Engraved by A. Peyrounin.
References: Pastoureau, SANSON V A .
Watermarked paper with original outline color in the map and later color in the cartouche. There is light toning along the edges of the sheet and just a hint of toning along the centerfold.