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Auction 115, Lot 318

"…the road the ancient Mexicans travell'd when they came from the Mountains to inhabit the Lake…", Anon.

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1723 (circa)


Color: Black & White

15.5 x 11.6 inches
39.4 x 29.5 cm

This very interesting engraved plan reportedly is from an ancient picture kept by D. Carlos Siquenza. The plan shows the road traveled between the mountains and the Lake (Mexico City). Filled with hieroglyphics, place names, and interesting notations, including Tzompanco - The place of the deaths head, Epcoac - A Burning Serpent, Quaulitepec - Mountain of the Eagle, Apan - Conduit of Water, Chalco - The place of the precious Stone, and many more. Images of human body parts, severed heads ceremoniously displayed further embellish the page. Blank verso. A most unusual engraving.


Condition: B

Toned along centerfold and close trimmed at sides just into neatline, as issued. Professionally encapsulated in archival Mylar.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $210

Closed on 6/21/2006