"Guiana sive Amazonum Regio", Jansson, Jan
Subject: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana
Period: 1652 (circa)
Publication: Nouvel Atlas
Color: Hand Color
19.3 x 14.8 inches
49 x 37.6 cm
This striking 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. French text on verso, published between 1652-58.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9840:1.2.
A nice impression on a bright sheet with a bit of offsetting and professional repairs to a few separations and worm holes along the centerfold, with a small amount of the image replaced in facsimile. Several edge tears have been archivally repaired.