"L'Amerique Meridionale, Dressee sur les Memoires le Plus Recens des Meilleurs Geographes...", Covens & Mortier
Subject: South America
Period: 1757 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
23.1 x 21.4 inches
58.7 x 54.4 cm
This large, copper-engraved map of the continent gives good detail and interesting notations concerning the explorations of the interior. Two mythical lakes appear: Parima L. in Guayana and L. de los Xareyes in central South America. The mythical Lake Parime began to disappear on maps at the beginning of the 18th century, so this map represents a very late appearance. The large, elaborate title cartouche is flanked by natives and a pot of gold, with erupting volcanoes in the background.
A crisp impression on watermarked paper with original outline color in the map and later coloring in the title cartouche. There are several stains in the oceans and some tiny chips and tears along the edges of the sheet, with only one tear entering map border at right. The bottom margin has been extended to accommodate framing.