Auction 97, Lot 268

"Carte du Cours du Maragnon ou de la Grande Riviere des Amazones…", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Northern South America - Amazon River

Period: 1745 (circa)


Color: Black & White

14.8 x 6.9 inches
37.6 x 17.5 cm

This interesting 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 native used curare for poison, and introduced rubber trees to Europe.

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

Condition: B

Faint toning on one fold.

Estimate: $90 - $110

Sold for: $65

Closed on 12/5/2001