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Auction 116, Lot 351

"Nova Hispania, et Nova Galicia", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm
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Based on Hondius' map of 1606, which itself derives from Ortelius' 1579 map, this is a fabulous, decorative map of the western coastal regions of Mexico. 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. Two sailing ships and a compass rose adorn the Pacific, and putti and armadillos decorate the scale of miles cartouche.


Condition: A

Superb original color with mild toning. Expert repair on bottom centerfold, just barely affecting border.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/20/2006