A Rare Early New York Imprint -- Includes A Reference To El Dorado
Scarce and highly detailed map of the Captaincy of Caracas, published by I Riley & Co, April 1807.
The map covers the area from Maracaibo and Curacao to the mouth of the Amazon River, illustrating the travels of Francois Raymond Joseph de Pons.
The map was part of an important account of Venezuela, giving a description of the country and people, and also accounts of the growth and production of cocoa, indigo, sugar, coffee, and tobacco.
Born in Haiti, François Raymond Joseph de Pons studied in Paris, qualified as a lawyer and was elected to the Académie des Sciences. In 1801 de Pons went to Caracas in Venezuela, where for four years before the revolution he acted as an agent of the French government. He then proceeded to England, where he spent some time preparing his narrative for publication, before returning top France, where he became an important consultant on South American affairs.