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Auction 114, Lot 303

"Culiacanae, Americae Regionis Descriptio [on sheet with] Hispanoliae, Cubae, Aliarumque Insularum Circumiacientium, Delineato", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Mexico and Caribbean

Period: 1592 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14 inches
49.5 x 35.6 cm
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Two great early maps of important regions in the New World are featured on this folio sheet. The first covers the region of western Mexico around Culiacan and the Spanish settlement of Villa S. Michael's, the region noted for its silver mines. The second is the first detailed map of the Greater Antilles with detail in southern Florida and the Caribbean that is quite remarkable for the period. This is the second state with the corrected Tropic of Cancer. Ortelius based the maps on a variety of sources including Mercator’s world map (1569) and other maps by Gutters and Alone De Santa Cruz. Three strapwork cartouches and sailing ships decorate the sheet. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #14.

Condition: A

Couple of unobtrusive spots and a minor printer's crease near fold, still very good. Professional repair of fold in bottom margin.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $900

Closed on 3/1/2006