Auction 129, Lot 370

"Description de Mexico et des Lagunes de ses Environs", Gemelli Careri, John Frances

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1727 (circa)

Publication: Voyage du Tour du Monde de la Nouvelle Espagne

Color: Black & White

Size:
8.5 x 6.8 inches
21.6 x 17.3 cm

This scarce issue is centered on the large Lagune de Mexico and extends to include the surrounding mountains, rivers, towns and villages. The expansive Mexico [City] is on the shore of the lake. The map is drawn on a partial bird's-eye format with a false horizon that includes an erupting volcano at upper right. Many villages are located including Tacoma, Atlapilco, Tolodyuca, Tetlapanaloya, and Apazco. A distance scale and a compass rose rest in the lake. Careri's round the world voyage of 1693-97 was detailed in Volume IV of Churchill's notable voyages. This smaller format map is from Careri's own publication detailing his travels. An Italian lawyer, he made a detailed record of his travels in the Levant, Persia, China, the Philippines, Mexico, Cuba and (briefly) France and Italy. His observations were questioned at the time, but in most cases were proven correct by later travelers. A scarce issue.

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Condition: B+

Nice impression on a thin sheet of hand laid paper with large watermark. Binding trim at left and a little toning or offsetting.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $120

Closed on 9/23/2009

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