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Antique Map of Colombia and Venezuela, etc., Extending To The Famed City of El Dorado

Important early map of Columbia and Venezuela, from the most important French map maker of the 17th Century.

The map shows the course of the Rio de Paria or Yuyapari o Orinaque River, along with Venezuela's Caribbean Coastline and the islands off shore, including Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba, Margarita and Trinidad and Tobago.

The map also reaches to Manoa or El Dorado on Lake Parime, the famed city of Gold.

Large decorative cartouche. One of the most up to date and important atlas maps of the region during this period.


Nicolas Sanson Biography

Nicholas Sanson (1600-1667) is considered the father of French cartography in its golden age from the mid-seventeenth century to the mid-eighteenth. Over the course of his career he produced over 300 maps. His success can be chalked up to his geographic and research skills, but also to his partnership with Pierre Mariette. Previously, Sanson had worked primarily with the publisher Melchior Tavernier. Mariette purchased Tavernier’s business in 1644. Sanson worked with Mariette until 1657, when the latter died. Mariette’s son, also Pierre, helped to publish the Cartes générales de toutes les parties du monde.