"Nova Hispania, et Nova Galicia", Blaeu, Willem
Period: 1638 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.7 x 15 inches
50 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 icon, 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. The map bears Willem Blaeu's signature. French text on verso.
Fine impression and lovely overall condition with a small hole (paper flaw) in the blank margin, not affecting the map.