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Auction 100, Lot 230

"Nova Hispania, et Nova Galicia", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Mexico

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.


Condition: A

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.

Estimate: $600 - $650

Sold for: $475

Closed on 9/12/2002