Collection: Osher Sheet Map Collection
Title: Gviana siue Amazonvm Regio
Title Translation: Guiana or Amazon Region
Alternative Title: Description of Guyana, or the kingdom of the Amazons
Creator: Hondius, Hendrik, 1597-1651
Publisher: Hondius, Hendrik, 1597-1651
Publishing Location: Amsterdam
Date Produced: 1636
Date Published: 1636
Historical Context: This map is of particular interest for its depiction of the fictitious, large salt lake "Parime Lacus," with the legendary city of gold, "El Dorado," on its north-western shore. The descriptive text from the English edition of the Mercator-Hondius atlas in which this map appeared describes the topography and climate, the natives and their customs, and the fauna and flora. In the final paragraph of the text, the tale is told of a Spanish explorer who is said to have visited El Dorado.
Dimensions: 37 x 48 cm. on sheet 48 x 56 cm.
Printing Process: Engraving
Printing Technique: Copper
Material Type: Paper
Notes: From: Hondius - Janssonius Atlas, English edition, 1636-41. Note lower right: "Amstelodami, Henricus Hondius excudit."
Brief Description: Map of Northeastern South America, showing the area from Maracaibo, Venezuela to Northern Brazil, including the mouth of the Amazon River
Physical Description: 1 map: colored, illustrated
Permanent URL: https://oshermaps.org/map/405.0001