"Terra Firma et Novum Regnum Granatense et Popayan", Blaeu, Willem
Period: 1640 (circa)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
19.1 x 14.7 inches
48.5 x 37.3 cm
This splendid map of the Isthmus of Panama and northwestern South America includes most of present-day Colombia and part of Venezuela. The map is based on the cartography of Hessel Gerritsz and formed one of the prototypes for South American cartography throughout the rest of the century. Jodocus Hondius engraved the map. After his death, Blaeu obtained the copper plate, added his imprint, and issued the map in a number of atlases. Two cartouches and a pair of compass roses dramatically decorate this map. Latin text on verso, published between 1640-55.
References: Kapp (MCC-77) #11; Manasek #50; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9810:2.2.
A dark impression with minor printer's ink residue, light toning, a few spots of foxing, and two small holes in the image. There are archival repairs to a centerfold separation at top and a couple of short tears in the bottom margin.