Auction 111, Lot 285

"Hispaniae Novae Sivae Magnae, Recens et Vera Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1579 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.7 x 13.5 inches
50 x 34.3 cm

Important map of the central and western coastal regions of Mexico. This is a cornerstone map of New Spain and the prototype for most maps of the early 17th century. It covers the Pacific coast from present-day Acapulco to about Mazatlan and inland to Mexico City, which is situated on a large lake. Several gold and silver mines are located in the central region. The map is beautifully embellished with three fine strapwork cartouches and two Spanish galleons. Spanish text and page number 6 on verso indicates it was published in the 1588 edition.

References: Wagner #119, Van den Broecke #13.

Condition: A

Lovely period-correct later color. Couple of minor repairs in margins.

Estimate: $700 - $800

Sold for: $500

Closed on 6/8/2005