"Nova Hispania, et Nova Galicia", Jansson, Jan
Period: 1647 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.2 x 13.8 inches
48.8 x 35.1 cm
Fabulous, decorative map of the western coastal regions of Mexico, based on Ortelius. Mexico City is situated on a large lake below the elaborate title cartouche of the Royal Spanish Arms. Several gold and silver mines are located in the central region. A galleon and sea monster adorns the Pacific and armadillos decorate the scale of miles cartouche. Superlative example of Dutch cartography and a great example of the similarity between Jansson and Blaeu. Jansson's plate features a ship and sea monster with calligraphy in the Pacific, where Blaeu's map lacks the calligraphy and embellished the area with two ships and a compass rose.
Extremely fine original color. Expert repair of a tear just entering bottom border and reinforcement of weakness along fold. Flaws are visible only on close inspection.