C1681

Gvaiana. [Guyana]

Rare early miniature map of Guyana by Pierre Duval. The most prominent feature of this charming little map is exaggerated depiction of Lac Parime alias Roponouvini, the legendary lake said to lie at the base of a mountain of gold. The … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Gvaiana. [Guyana]

Date:

C1681

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

120mm 
x 110mm
AUTHENTICITY
Gvaiana. [Guyana] - Antique Print from 1681

Genuine antique
dated:

1681

Description:

Rare early miniature map of Guyana by Pierre Duval. The most prominent feature of this charming little map is exaggerated depiction of Lac Parime alias Roponouvini, the legendary lake said to lie at the base of a mountain of gold. The fabled city of Manoa, or the golden city of the Incas, is located on its northwestern shore. A recent discovery may have uncovered geological evidence of the existence of a large lake at the foothills of the rich gold producing mountains in the State of Roraima in northern Brazil. That lake is thought to have dried up approximately 700 years ago, and thus may have resulted in the legend.

German edition published by Johann Hoffman. 

From Duval, Geographiae universalis pars prior, Nuremberg MDCLXXXI (1681).

Pierre Duval (1618 - 1683)

Pierre Duval was born in Abbeville, Duval began his cartographic career in Paris studying under his uncle, the celebrated geographer Nicolas Sanson. He was soon employed in editing maps for publication by the print-seller Pierre Mariette. By 1650, he had become Geographe du roi. According to royal letters found among his papers in 1683, Duval was employed as an officer in the Maison du Roi and received a modest wage of 350 livres. He sustained a publishing collaboration with Mariette until 1654, when he married Marie Desmaretz, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. Following this, he established himself in Paris and produced maps and cartographic documents for a variety of Parisian map-sellers. Duval supplied manuscripts to Nicolas Berey, Girard Joillan, Nicolas Langlois, Estienne Vouillement and Antoine de Fer.

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