Auction 112, Lot 82

"Descripcion de las Yndias Ocidentales", Herrera y Tordesillas, Antonio de

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1726 (published)

Publication: Descripcion de las Indias Ocidentales…

Color: Black & White

13 x 9 inches
33 x 22.9 cm

Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas was the official historian of Castile and the Indies. He compiled a history of the Spanish conquests and early explorations in the Americas, which included this simple, but elegantly engraved map of the Americas and the Pacific extending to the Spanish interests in the Philippines. The map is largely derived from the manuscript charts of Juan Lopez de Velasco. The lines of Spanish-Portuguese demarcation are shown, dividing the non-Christian world into spheres of influence. First issued in 1601, this being a later edition (not listed in Burden) with a slightly different title cartouche.

References: cf Burden #140; Phillips (A) #1156-1.

Condition: A

Mild toning with some professional repairs in blank margins. Printer's crease at lower right.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,600

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 9/28/2005