1758 – J. N. Bellin – Grande Riviere des Amazones
Title: ” Carte du cours du Maragnon ou de la Grande Riviere des Amazones Copie sur la carte jointe à la relation du voyage de l’Amérique Mériodionale, par M. de la Condamine”
This very interesting map is usually referred to as “the first scientific map of the Amazon.” It shows the expedition in 1733-44 of Charles-Marie la Condamine, a French scientist and explorer.
His was the first scientific account of the Amazon, including notes on how the autochthonous populations used curare for poison, and the introduction of rubber trees to Europe.
The work identifies regions controlled by the Portuguese, Spanish, French and Dutch. From Abbé Prevost’s book ‘Histoire Generale des Voyages’.
Cartographer: Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703 – 1772)
Sheet size: 42 x 25 cm
Technique: copper engraving
Very good condition. Folds as published. Dated 1743-1744.
This is a genuine antique map published in 1758 and not a modern copy or reprint!