Auction 122, Lot 360

"Hispaniae Novae Sivae Magnae, Recens et vera Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1579 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 13.6 inches
49.8 x 34.5 cm

This ornate first edition is a cornerstone map of New Spain, and the prototype for most maps of the early 17th century. It covers the Pacific coast from present-day Acapulco to about Mazatlan and inland to Mexico City, which is situated on a large lake. Several gold and silver mines are located in the central region. The map is beautifully embellished with three fine strapwork cartouches featuring heads, a grinning devil, putti and parrots. The sea is stipple engraved and two sailing ships are shown. Latin text and page number 7 on verso indicate it was published in the Latin editions of 1579, 1592, and 1595.

References: Wagner #119, Van den Broecke #13.

Condition: B

A nice impression on a sheet with original color. There are a few scattered stains, some that look like old candle wax. Tiny area of loss on the centerfold. Top margin with a small chip, margins with irregular toning.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $450

Closed on 12/5/2007