This is an outstanding double-page map of South America. Very large Peru, Paraguay and Chile(i) are shown. The fictitious Mer de Parime is named along with the mythical Manoa el Dorado on its banks. The course of the Amazon is delineated in a fairly accurate manner, yet it shows the river's source in a fascinating, interlacing maze of waterways. The Rio Paraguay erroneously begins in a lake named Xarayes in the middle of Brazil. It is decorated with elaborate title and scale of miles cartouches balancing the lower portion of the map.
1792 Elwe Map of South America
L'Amerique Meridionale Divisee en ses Principales Parties
Map Maker Specifics
J Elwe, 1792, Amsterdam
18.2 X 23.7 in. plus margins
Good-fair. Nice strike on watermarked laid paper. Some staining mostly in margins and slight damp stain at bottom portion of issued centerfold, into map. Beautiful original hand color.