Superb Picture-Frame Style Border
"L'Amerique Meridionale, Suivant les Nouvelles Observations de Messrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences, Etc. Augmentees de Nouveau", Aa, Pieter van der
Subject: South America
Period: 1729 (circa)
Color: Black & White
15.9 x 13.1 inches
40.4 x 33.3 cm
This charming map of the continent shows the routes of explorers in the Pacific, including Magellan, Le Maire, Mendana, and Olivier. A large portion of the interior of Brazil is left blank, with the exception of a note on the rivers in the region and the names of local tribes. The mythical Lac des Xarayes appears centrally. The large figural title cartouche features explorers, natives, a snake, an armadillo, and an alligator. The map is surrounded by an elaborate picture-frame style border, which was printed from a separate plate. Van der Aa's maps with the separately printed frame borders are much more uncommon than the standard editions without these decorative borders.
A dark impression on a sheet with fleur-de-lis and "IV" watermarks, minor toning, light printer's ink residue, and a couple of spots of foxing.