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Auction 173, Lot 208

One of the Latest Examples of Lake Parime

"Caraccas and Guiana", Thomson, John

Subject: Northern South America

Period: 1817 (circa)

Publication: Thomson's New General Atlas

Color: Hand Color

23.8 x 19.7 inches
60.5 x 50 cm

This may be one of the last maps to show the fabled Lake Parima, which had mostly disappeared from maps in the late 18th century and was officially disproved by Alexander von Humboldt's expedition through Latin America from 1799-1804. The map extends from Lake Maracaibo to the mouth of the Amazon River, and focuses on topographical detail and watershed. Hundreds of spurious rivers fill the region southwest of Venezuela. Drawn and engraved by John Moffat.


Condition: B+

Contemporary color on paper with a "Harris 1823" watermark, minor toning along the centerfold, and light offsetting.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 6/5/2019