"Corso del Fiume Dell Amazoni", Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria
Subject: Northern South America
Period: 1691 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
17.8 x 10.8 inches
45.2 x 27.4 cm
An uncommon map of the northern half of the continent. The focus of the map is the course of the Amazon River. Typical of Coronelli's strong engraving style the topographical features are very prominent. But most interesting are the many small illustrations of Native American life including several depictions of execution and cannibalism. Dispersed throughout the map are also several indigenous animals, including the incorrectly depicted elephants and lions. The title is contained in a garland cartouche with a coat of arms below. The distance scale is encircled in a ribbon that is being tied by a playful sea creature.
Later coloring. Couple of repaired tears just entering map, barely visible.