"Terra Firma et Novum Regnum Granatense et Popayan", Hondius/Blaeu
Period: 1640 (circa)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
19.1 x 14.8 inches
48.5 x 37.6 cm
This splendid map of the Isthmus of Panama and northwestern South America includes most of present-day Colombia and part of Venezuela. The map is based on the cartography of Hessel Gerritsz and formed one of the prototypes for South American cartography throughout the rest of the century. Jodocus Hondius engraved the map. After his death, Blaeu obtained the copper plate, added his imprint, and issued the map in a number of atlases. Two cartouches and a pair of compass roses dramatically decorate this map. Latin text on verso, published between 1640-55.
References: Kapp (MCC-77) #11; Manasek #50; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9810:2.2.
A nice impression with minor foxing mostly in the blank margins and a printer's crease adjacent to the centerfold.