"Amerique Meridionale Divisee en ses Principales Parties ou sont Distingues les uns des Autres les Estats Suivant Quils Appartiennent Presentement aux Francois, Castillans, Portugais, Hollandois, &c...", Sanson/Jaillot
Subject: South America
Period: 1719 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
34.7 x 21.9 inches
88.1 x 55.6 cm
This handsome and large map of the continent is decorated with elaborate title and scale of miles cartouches balancing the lower portion of the map. The continent is divided into the French, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch possessions. The fourteen coastal Capitaineries created by the Portuguese are outlined in Brazil. The course of the Amazon is delineated in a fairly accurate manner, yet it shows the river's source in a fascinating, interlacing maze of waterways. The Rio Paraguay erroneously begins at a lake named Xarayes in the middle of the continent. The title cartouche features two natives and the heads of two tropical birds.
A dark impression on a bright sheet of watermarked paper with contemporary outline color. There are a few faint spots of foxing and a bit of printer's ink residue along the centerfold, else fine. Please note that the shadow along the centerfold is caused by our scanner and is not present on the physical map.