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Auction 135, Lot 345

"Nova Hispania, et Nova Galicia", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm

This is a fabulous, decorative map of the western coastal regions of Mexico. It is based on Hondius' map of 1606, which itself derives from Ortelius' 1579 map. Mexico City is situated on a large lake below the elaborate title cartouche with the Royal Spanish arms, figureheads, parrots and other adornments. Several gold and silver mines are located in the central region with a diamond shaped indicator, and a central mountain range has a Latin note that there are large amounts of silver to be found there. Two sailing ships and a compass rose adorn the Pacific, and putti and armadillos frolic on the scale of miles cartouche. French text on verso.


Condition: A

Superb impression and beautiful original color on a full sheet with wide, original margins. A faint area of toning to the left of cartouche, otherwise fine.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $700

Closed on 2/16/2011