Auction 114, Lot 297

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

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19 x 13.5 inches
48.3 x 34.3 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 adorn the Pacific and armadillos are positioned atop a key to 23 additional locations. 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. Spanish text on verso.


Condition: B

Old framer's tape on verso paper edges and closing fold separations, bottom one entering map 2.5". Some edge tears at bottom, well away from map.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $350

Closed on 3/1/2006