Auction 119, Lot 396

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

Subject: Mexico and Caribbean

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14 inches
49.5 x 35.6 cm

Two early maps of important Spanish colonial 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. Michaelis, the region noted for its silver mines. The second is the first map to focus on the Greater Antilles with detail in southern Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean that is quite remarkable for the period. This is the second state of the map 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. The maps are adorned with three strapwork cartouches and some sailing ships. French text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #14.

Condition: B

Lovely old color with light toning on centerfold, otherwise fine. Old repairs on verso of centerfold.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $900

Closed on 5/9/2007