Antique Map of Cayenne by Tirion (c.1760)

  • Condition: Good, given age. Small spot top left. Original folds as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: c.1760
  • Overall size: 44.7 x 40 cm.
  • Image size: 41.5 x 35.7 cm.

€ 282,50($ 332.47 / £ 257.95)

Description: Antique map titled 'Land-kaart van het Eiland en de Volkplanting van Cayenne aan de Kust van Zuid-Amerika'. Striking map of the island and settlement of Cayenne in French Guyana, with an inset picturing a plan of the town and fort of Cayenne. It covers from River Kourou south as far as River Kaw (Cau) and River Orapu. A large inset in the upper right quadrant features the fortifications of Cayenne, including Fort Ceperou. Throughout, the map notes rivers, important towns, landmarks coastal features and beautifully rendered topography. Embellished with a nicw title-cartouche. Source unknown, to be determined.

Artists and Engravers: Isaak Tirion, a Dutch publisher in Amsterdam, was born 1705. He produced serveral Atlases and Dutch town plans. The maps mainly based on those of Guillaume de l'Isle. He died in 1765. Tirion was born in Utrecht in 1705. He moved to Amsterdam in 1725 and set up shop on Damrak as a book publisher. Tirion quick rose in prominence by publishing pamphlets, historical works, and, most importantly, maps and atlases. He eventually relocated his printing house to the prestigious Kalverstraat. In his long career he produced eight atlases in multiple editions, some of which were published posthumously until about 1784. Most of his cartographic work is based on the earlier maps of Guillaume de L'Isle.