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Auction 96, Lot 240

"Guaiana ofte de Provincien tusschen Rio de las Amazonas ende Rio de Yuiapari ofte Orinoque", Gerritsz/De Laet

Subject: Northern South America

Period: 1630 (published)

Publication: Nieuwe Wereldt ofte Beschrijvinghe van West-Indien…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 cm

Hessel Gerritsz was apprenticed to Blaeu as an engraver before starting his own business. He then was appointed Cartographer to the Dutch East India Company and subsequently held the same position in a newly formed West India Company. Although Gerritsz actually traveled to the area during his voyage to South America and the West Indies undertaken in 1628, this map obviously lacks first-hand knowledge, except along the coastline. The interior is dominated by the huge lake (Parime Lacus) with the legendary city of El Dorado (Manoa, o el Dorado) on its shores. The map is beautifully engraved with decorative title and distance scale cartouches and a large compass rose.

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Condition: B

Lightly toned with faint off-setting and foxing on verso.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/12/2001

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