d'Engelze Volkplanting in't Amerikaans gewest Gujana en Rio de las Amazones
by VAN DER AA, Pierre
Leiden: Van der Aa, Pierre. unbound. Map. c.1715. Copper plate engraving. Image measures 8 3/4 x 11 1/2. This decorative circa 1715 map of the Guiana coast includes the Lesser Antilles. Beautifully detailed, the map notes towns, rivers and mountains in the region and depicts the colony established by Charles Leigh in the early 17th century. The map identifies the legendary Lake Parima and the fabled Kingdom of El Dorado or city of Manoa along its western banks. Following Sir Walter Raleigh's publication of "The Discoverie of the Large, Rich, and Bewtiful Empyre of Guiana" in 1595, European interest in the regain grew considerably in the 17th century and various explorers set out in search of gold in Guiana. Among these was Charles Leigh, who set sail in 1604 aboard the "Olive Plat". The locals, oppressed by the Carib people, helped build a colony for the Englishmen in hopes that they would settle there. Leigh went on to explore the region for gold, only to find none. Upon his return to the colony, he found almost every man sick and soon after fell ill himself and died aboard his ship, attempting to return home. A beautifully illustrated title cartouche features scenes of what looks like men lowering a coffin in a large hole with a ship in the background. The map is in good condition, surrounded by decorative border. Map has been trimmed around the border, possibly for framing purposes. Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch publisher, editor and bookseller based in Leiden, Netherlands. He started his own publishing and auction house at the age of 21 and went on to produce thousands of maps. Van der Aa is credited to pioneering a separate artwork for the border. Apart from his own maps, he republished maps of various other publishers such as Blaeu, Visscher, De Wit, etc. This map is beautiful example of his distinctive style. (Inventory #: 267207)
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