"Carte de l'Amerique Meridionale, pour l Histoire Generale des Voyages in 80", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Subject: South America
Period: 1780 (circa)
Publication: La Harpe's Histoire Generale des Voyages
Color: Hand Color
12.9 x 17.4 inches
32.8 x 44.2 cm
This version of Bellin's fine map of South America is larger than the more common version prepared for Prevost's history of voyages. The map provides nice detail of rivers, lakes, mountain ranges and settlements with a large section of the interior of Brazil left mostly blank. A small remnant of the mythical L. Parima still appears adjacent to Guiana. The chart includes an ornamental title cartouche that incorporates overflowing cornucopias into the design to represent the wealth of the continent.
A crisp impression, issued folding on a bright, sheet with a bunch of grapes watermark, a professionally repaired binding tear that just enters the border at left, and a few minor extraneous creases. Light soiling along the edges of the sheet.