Auction 111, Lot 272

"Nueva Hispania Tabula Nova", Ruscelli, Girolamo

Subject: Southern United States, Mexico and Central America

Period: 1561 (published)

Publication: La Geografia de Claudio Tolomeo Allessadrino…

Color: Black & White

9.5 x 7.3 inches
24.1 x 18.5 cm

This fine early map of New Spain is an enlarged version of Gastaldi's map of 1548 with the only notable change being the peninsular Yucatan. The legendary seven cities of Ciuola are noted and Mexico City is shown floating in a large lake. The place names along the upper Gulf Coast reveal the explorations of Pineda, Cabeza de Vaca and Moscosso. The Mississippi makes its appearance as the Rio de Spiritu Santo and the R. Tontonteanc flows in the vicinity of the Colorado River. Considered the earliest relatively obtainable map of Mexico and the American Southwest. First state with the plate mark running off the top of the sheet.

References: Burden #31; Martin & Martin, plt. 3.

Condition: A

Couple of tiny worm holes filled at fold.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 6/8/2005