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Auction 125, Lot 340

"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

The first state of this important map, depicting the central and western coastal regions of Mexico. This cornerstone map of New Spain was 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 ornate strapwork cartouches and two sailing ships. Italian text and page number 7 on verso indicating a published date between 1601 and 1612.

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

Condition: A

Splendid old color with light foxing in wide blank margins. The centerfold is reinforced on verso, but there is no apparent fold separation.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $600

Closed on 9/24/2008