1853 Map of the Valley of the Amazon to accompany Lt. Herndon’s Report.
By: Lt. William Lewis Herndon
Date: 1853 (circa)
Dimensions: 18 x 24 inches (46 cm x 61 cm)
This pocket map was one of three which accompanied Lieutenant Herndon’s report, Exploration of the Valley of Amazon. Herndon had been commissioned to lead the first American exploratory expedition of the entire Amazon River system whose purpose was to explore it, sound its streams and report their navigability. The endeavor was made under the direction of the U.S. Navy Department. The journey took Herndon through parts of Peru, Bolivia and Brazil for nearly a year.
This is a scarce map of the Amazon River which details its basin and valley, extending from the Pacific in Peru and Ecuador to the Atlantic and the mouth of the Amazon. The entire river system and its watershed are rendered in great detail as are the tracks of the expeditions themselves.
Condition: This pocket map is in B condition. The right margin has been trimmed to the border and a number of small tears enter the body of the map. All have been repaired with archival materials on the verso. Damp staining in four places.
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