"Paraguay, o Prov. de Rio de la Plata cum Regionibus Adiacentibus Tucuman et Sta. Cruz de la Sierra", Blaeu, Willem
Subject: Central South America, Paraguay
Period: 1650 (circa)
Publication: Toonneel des Aerdrycks
Color: Hand Color
18.8 x 14.6 inches
47.8 x 37.1 cm
Superb map of the region including the Paraguay River basin and the Peru-Chilean coast with Lake Titicaca. The Rio de la Plata is boldly shown with many large islands in the broad river. The mythical Lago de los Xarayes is featured on the map, which was believed to connect the Rio de la Plata and Amazon River systems. Several towns are named including R. Ianeiro, S. Paulo, Buenos Ayres, Corduba, Medoca, Arica, Potosi and Cusco. A large decorative title cartouche incorporates the distance scales, while a smaller cartouche features an armillary sphere. A fine, large compass rose with fleur-de-lys also adorns the sheet. Dutch text on verso, published between 1642-50. Two cracks in the plate are visible just to the left of the centerfold near the top of the map.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9900:2A.2.
A dark impression with light printer's ink residue, minor toning, and marginal soiling.