"Paraquaria Vulgo Paraguay. Cum Adjacentibus", Blaeu, Johannes
Subject: Central South America, Paraguay
Period: 1658 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.9 x 17.8 inches
55.6 x 45.2 cm
Centered on the course of the Rio De La Plata, this map explores parts of Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil. Numerous South American cities are depicted, including Sao Paulo, Santos, Cordoba, and Buenos Aires. The map gives an overview of the Jesuit reductions with a key identifying existing and destroyed missions, reductions, and Indian tribes settlements. The map also features a cartouche containing a dedication to Vincent Carafa, the Jesuit Superior General. Gerard Coeck engraved this beautiful map and embellished it with two Dutch ships in the Atlantic Ocean and three cartouches. Dutch text on verso, published between 1658-64.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9900:2B.
A dark impression with full contemporary color on a bright sheet with the watermark of the god Atlas, light printer's ink residue, and a couple of small holes at bottom right that have been professionally repaired.