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Auction 171, Lot 388

"Carta del Corso del Maragnone o Sia del Gran Fiume dell' Amazoni...", Rossi, Veremondo

Subject: Northern South America, Amazon River

Period: 1763 (circa)

Publication: Il Gazzettiere Americano...

Color: Hand Color

Size:
12.5 x 8.5 inches
31.8 x 21.6 cm
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This interesting map of the Amazon region is based on astronomical observations conducted by Charles-Marie de La Condamine, a French explorer, geographer, and mathematician. After traveling to Ecuador in 1735 to test Isaac Newton's hypothesis that the Earth was not a perfect sphere, La Condamine was unable to travel back to France directly due to insufficient funds. Instead, he traveled eastward down the Amazon River from 1743-44, and performed the first scientific exploration of the great river. This map depicts the Amazon River from its mouth in the Atlantic west to its tributaries in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, with La Condamine's route depicted with dotted lines.

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Condition: A

Issued folding, now flattened with a hint of offsetting and minor toning along one fold.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $80

Closed on 2/6/2019

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