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*** RARE PROOF STATE of the map of Guiana - "El Dorado" with the fictitious lake Parime - derived from Raleigh ***

[Tabula Geographica Nova Omnium Oculis Exhibens et Proponens Venissimam Descriptionem Potentissimi et Aurifen Regni ...] - Neuwe landdtaffel, in welcher eigentlich, und warhafftiglich f├╝rgestelt wirdt, das gewaltige und Goldreiche Kunigreich Guiana, ... - de Bry Th. ,1599.

Proof state: The two cartouches have blank spaces for the insertion of the latin title (top right) and notes on Guiana and the Orinoco (bottom left). In the final state the notes relating to the Amazons and other tribes, the note on Parime and the labelling of Manoa or El Dorado have also be inserted.

Size: 34 x 45cm (13 x 18 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Small repair at folds, wormhole filled, else good.
References: Garratt J., The Maps in De Bry, Map Collector, 1979; 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.

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.' A note states that the Amazons live with men only during the month of april." (Garratt) Currently not available for sale

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