1631 W. Blaeu - Guiana sive Amazonum Regio [fabled Incan city of Gold]

1631 W. Blaeu Amazon with large legendary Lake Parima and mythical Incan city of gold

Title:

Guiana sive Amazonum Regio

Map maker:

Willem Blaeu

Place and Year:

Amsterdam, 1631

Dimensions:

49.3 x 37.6 cm (19.4 x 14.8 in)

Technique:

Copperplate engraving

Coloring:

Hand color

Condition Rating:

VG

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DETAILS

Blaeu's beautiful map of Guiana covers the coastline from the Isla Margarita in the northwest to the coast of northern Brazil near Sao Luis east of the Amazon delta. At center lies a large inland sea, Parime Lacus; on its northwestern shore is 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 engaged in a sea battle, a sea monster, and a fine compass rose.

Verso text: Latin.

CONDITION NOTES

A fine impression with minor show-through of text on verso and a couple of short edge tears in the bottom blank margin that have been closed on verso with archival materials. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00154

REFERENCES

Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9840:2.2.

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