Map. Engraving with original hand outline color. Image measures 19 x 23". Sheet measures 20 x 28".
Unusual map of Peru from the early 18th century. Includes part of Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil, based on Jesuit activity in the area. Amazon rain forest is visualized with a dynamic design. Cartouche describes the mining industry. Nicolas de Fer (1646-1720) was a prolific cartographer, engraver and publisher who took over the family map business from his mother when she retired in 1687. The business flourished and he gained a great reputation in his lifetime and was appointed 'Geographer to the King' in 1690. This map demonstrates his skill and provides a curious yet alluring mixture of history and geography.