Auction 93, Lot 179

"Karte von dem Laufe des Maragnon oder grossen Amazonen-Flusses", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Amazon River

Period: 1751 (published)

Publication: Neu Reisen nach Guiana, Peru und das Suedliche America.

Color: Black & White

14.8 x 7.2 inches
37.6 x 18.3 cm

This important and uncommon map is usually referred to as "the first scientific map of the Amazon". It shows the expedition in 1743-44 of Charles-Marie La Condamine, a French scientist and explorer. His was the first scientific account of the Amazon, including notes on how the natives used curare for poison and introduced rubber trees to Europe. The map was first published in 1745 as part of the "Relation abrege d'un voyage fait dans l' interieur de l' Amerique Meridionale". This is the first German issue.

References: Mercator's World (May/June 1999) pg 18-25; The Portolan (#46 pg 8-24.).

Condition: A+

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $110

Closed on 12/6/2000