"Guiana sive Amazonum Regio", Blaeu, Willem
Subject: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana
Period: 1634 (circa)
Publication: Novus Atlas
Color: Hand Color
19.4 x 14.6 inches
49.3 x 37.1 cm
Blaeu's beautiful map of Guiana covers the coastline from the Isla Margarita in the northwest to the coast of northern Brazil near Sao Luis east of the Amazon delta. At center lies a large inland sea, Parime Lacus; on its northwestern shore is the fabled city Manoa del Dorado, or the golden city of the Incas. The search for this city led many explorers, including Sir Walter Raleigh, on wild adventures through the jungles. The map is beautifully decorated with three cartouches, ships engaged in a sea battle, a sea monster, and a fine compass rose. German text on verso, published 1634-35.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9840:2.2.
A dark impression with gilt highlights and contemporary color that has been partially refreshed. There is light offsetting, minor toning, and a few small spots.