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FRITZ, Samuel (1654-1728)
Cours du Fleuve Maragnon autrement dit des Amazones, par le P. Samuel Fritz, Missionnaire de la Compagnie de Jesus [The Great River Maranon or of the Amazons Geographically Describ'd by Samuel Fritz, Missioner on the Said River].

[Paris], ca. 1717 or 1781. Copper engraved map ca. 21,5x34,5 cm (8 x 13 in). Blank on verso. Original fold marks, right margin trimmed close to the printed surface as the map was originally bound in; overall a very good map. According to Old World Auctions, the map is from "Lettres Edifiantes et Curieuses" (Paris, 1717 or 1781?). Fritz was a "Bohemian jesuit missionary who spent nearly forty years on the River Amazon and its tributaries.., In addition to his missionary work, he contributed considerably to the geographical knowledge of the region, producing the first accurate map of the Amazon River system, published at Quito 1707. The boundary between the Portuguese and Spanish domination of the Amazon was eventually fixed at the Rio Javari by the Treaty of Madrid in 1750" (Howgego F77); Phillips, Maps of America, p. 100.


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