Auction 129, Lot 369

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

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1579 (dated)

Publication: Theatre de l'Universe

Color: Hand Color

19.7 x 13.7 inches
50 x 34.8 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. Latin text on verso.

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

Condition: A

There are a couple very minor edge tears, none near the map.

Estimate: $750 - $850

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/23/2009