Auction 126, Lot 374

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

Subject: Caribbean, Mexico

Period: 1579 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.5 x 14 inches
49.5 x 35.6 cm

Two great early maps of important regions in the New World. The first covers the region of western Mexico around Culiacan and the Spanish settlement of Villa S. Michael's, the region noted for its silver mines. The second is the first detailed map of the Greater Antilles with detail in southern Florida and the Caribbean that is quite remarkable for the period. The map includes an interesting error in that the Tropic of Capricorn is shown where the Tropic of Cancer should be. 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. Three strapwork cartouches and sailing ships decorate the map. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #14.

Condition: B+

Remargined at sides with expert facsimile in part of the borders.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200

Sold for: $750

Closed on 12/3/2008

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