Auction 129, Lot 432

"Il Cuscho Citta Principale della Provincia del Peru", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Cusco, Peru & Mexico City, Mexico

Period: 1578 (published)

Publication: Cosmographiae

Color: Black & White

15 x 10.8 inches
38.1 x 27.4 cm

This is a very early view of the city of Cuzco which is based on an earlier one by Braun & Hogenberg. The view features the surrounding countryside as well as the walled city. The figures of knights, peasants and nobility are seen both within and outside of the city. The title is shown in a banner cartouche, with a second title in German (Die Statt Cusco…) above the view. German text on verso with a smaller view (6.25" x 6.3") of Temistitan, now called Mexico City.


Condition: C+

Even impression and full margins. With a light damp stain at bottom, a little show-through of title printing on verso, and numerous small worm holes, each closed on verso with small piece of paper. The map shows well compared to condition description.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $70

Closed on 9/23/2009