Central South America, shows Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia in full and parts of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru
Central South America, shows Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia in full and parts of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru. 1630-1655, by W. & J. Blaeu, Amsterdam. Published in Amsterdam from ‘Theatrum Orbis a Terrarum, sivi, Atlas Novus. This map covers today’s Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia in full. Bolivia area shows a fictional lake which would be the origin of Rio de la Plata, with multiple islands. The silver mining city of Potosi is shown among other Bolivian cities. Large areas of Brazil and northern Argentina are showed with major cities São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Ares seen. The focus is Rio de la Plata, however areas as far as Chile with the Andes and Peru are covered with Cuzco indicated and lake Titicaca shown. Other river shown is the Parana among many others. Giving the viewer a great idea of central South America’s river systems.
Beautiful decorative title cartouche has miles scale, both German and French miles, with grape vines and fruits adding to the appeal, To highlight the richness of the land. A compass rose is in the center, Blaeu’s name and location are on a small cartouche on the bottom with a armillary scale. Even a sea monster is swimming in the Atlantic. The tropic of Capricorn crosses the map.
This is a magnificent map of a relatively unknown region at the time showcasing the skills of Dutch cartography published by the greatest Dutch map making family during its golden age.
Hand colored copper plate engraved.
Size 21 x 19 inches.
Overall in good Condition minor tears on edges
Script on verso covers detailed information of the area.