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Auction 132, Lot 325

"Hispaniae Novae Nova Descriptio", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1613 (circa)

Publication: Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Black & White

18.9 x 13.8 inches
48 x 35.1 cm

This splendid map illustrates the heart of the Spanish empire in the New World. The map is focused on the western part of Mexico from about Mazatlan to Acapulco (neither of which is named) and inland to include Lake Chapala and Mexico City, which is situated on a large lake. At upper left is a large inland sea filled with islands where the natives supposedly extracted salt. There are numerous notations, taken from Ortelius, that describe the native people including one that refers to cannibalism - Anthropophagi sunt, qui| his montibus habitant (They who live in these mountains are cannibal). Triangular symbols mark the locations of numerous silver and copper mines. The map is fully decorated with three elaborate, strapwork cartouches. A Spanish Galleon and a fanciful sea monster adorn the ocean. Jodocus Hondius prepared this map for inclusion in his editions of the Mercator-Hondius atlas. Latin text on verso with the printing signature Yyyyyyy.


Condition: B+

Sharp impression with some toning. There are some spots and a small edge tear in the blank margins.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 6/2/2010