Auction 99, Lot 290

"Guiana sive Amazonum Regio", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: South America - Northern

Period: 1635 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.5 x 14.5 inches
49.5 x 36.8 cm

Beautiful map extending from the Isla Margarita in the northwest to the coast of northern Brazil near Sao Luis east of the Amazon delta. The map locates at its center a large inland sea, Parime Lacus, on whose northwestern shore lies 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, sea battles, monsters and a fine compass rose. French text on verso.

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Condition: B

Splendid color and condition save for a small spot of candle wax in bottom margin and some surface soiling.

Estimate: $600 - $650

Sold for: $450

Closed on 6/12/2002

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