[A scarce wall map of South America]
DE LA CRUZ CANO Y OLMEDILLA, Juan.
Mapa Geográfico de America Meridional. Madrid, 1775. Coloured. 1700 x 1450mm. Laid on linen.
A very detailed and attractive map of South America, showing the entire continent with cities and towns marked. At the top right and left are insets of the port of Callao in Peru and La Angostura in Guyana. The whole map is surmounted by the Lion of León and the Castle of Castille and the Hapsburg double-headed eagle appears at the top right with garlands of ribbons to which are attached the coats of arms of the ruling families of the Spanish Colonies. Around the top of this map are depicted naturalistic swags of local flora, amongst which can be seen cacao pods, tomatoes and passion flowers. The title is contained in a decorative classical cartouche shaped like an obelisk and is flanked by personifications of Faith, Pomona (abundance) and America astride an alligator.
[Ref: 7596] £12,000.00 ($15,000 • €14,160 rates)