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Guiana (the Oronoco Basin & Raleigh's "El Dorado"). by Theodore de Bry.

A proof state of the map of Guiana derived from Raleigh. The two cartouches have blank spaces for the insertion of the Latin title (top right) and notes on Guiana and the Orinocco (bottom left). Notes relating to the Amazons and other tribes, the note on Parim and the labelling of Manoa or El dorado have also to be inserted. 1. 1.

Lake Parime is a fictitious lake located in Guiana, in northern South America, often shown prominently on the Equator. It appears in printed maps from about 1596 into the 1770s.

"The map of 'the powerful and gold-bearing kingdom of Guiana' is adapted from a slightly earlier map by Jodocus Hondius, although the title states that the map was 'surveyed and drawn by a sailor who accompanies Walter Raleigh on his voyage' (of 1595). Note the large body of water placed to the south of the River Orinoco called by the cannibals Parime. On the northern shore lies the city of 'Manoa or Dorado, the greatest city of the whole world.' Such features recall a map drawn by Raleigh in c. 1595 showing the region of El Dorado. The geography of the interior regions is derived from the accounts of Raleigh himself, and of Laurent Keymis, who in 1596 reported 'a sea of salt water, named Parime,' lying 'farre within' on the route to Manoa. Placed at the foot of the map are figures of an Amazon and a 'headless man of the land Ewaipanoma.' On the final state is a note that states that the Amazons live with men only during the month of april." (Garratt)

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Neuwe Landtaffel, in welcher eigentlich, und warhafftiglich furgestelt wird, das gewaltige und goldtreiche Kunigreich Guiana : so daligt under der aequinoctial Linien zwischer Brasilien und Peru / observiert und abgerisen von ein emschiffman so selbst mit, 1599.

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Item Number:  27037
Category:  Antique maps > America > South America

Old, antique map of the Oronoco Basin & Raleigh's "El Dorado". by Theodore de Bry.

Date of the first edition: 1599
Date of this map: 1599

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 34 x 45cm (13.3 x 17.6 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: New left margin, excellent.
References: Garratt J., The Maps in De Bry, Map Collector, 1979, p.4-5.; Lake Parime, Map Forum, 2004.

From: [Voyages of Sir Francis Drake, Thomas Candish and Sir Walter Raleigh.] *Americae pars VIII. Continens primo, descriptionem trium itinerum nobilissimi et fortissimi equitis Francisci Draken, qui peragrato primum universo terrarum orbe, postea cum nobilissimo equite Iohanne Hauckens, ad expug-nandum civitatem Panama, in Indiam navigavit, ubi vitam suam ambo finierunt. . . . Frankfurt am Main, 1599.

A proof state of the map of Guiana derived from Raleigh. The two cartouches have blank spaces for the insertion of the Latin title (top right) and notes on Guiana and the Orinocco (bottom left). Notes relating to the Amazons and other tribes, the note on Parim and the labelling of Manoa or El dorado have also to be inserted. 1. 1.

Lake Parime is a fictitious lake located in Guiana, in northern South America, often shown prominently on the Equator. It appears in printed maps from about 1596 into the 1770s.

"The map of 'the powerful and gold-bearing kingdom of Guiana' is adapted from a slightly earlier map by Jodocus Hondius, although the title states that the map was 'surveyed and drawn by a sailor who accompanies Walter Raleigh on his voyage' (of 1595). Note the large body of water placed to the south of the River Orinoco called by the cannibals Parime. On the northern shore lies the city of 'Manoa or Dorado, the greatest city of the whole world.' Such features recall a map drawn by Raleigh in c. 1595 showing the region of El Dorado. The geography of the interior regions is derived from the accounts of Raleigh himself, and of Laurent Keymis, who in 1596 reported 'a sea of salt water, named Parime,' lying 'farre within' on the route to Manoa. Placed at the foot of the map are figures of an Amazon and a 'headless man of the land Ewaipanoma.' On the final state is a note that states that the Amazons live with men only during the month of april." (Garratt)