Auction 137, Lot 401

Early Map of the American Southwest and Mexico

"Hispania Nova", Wytfliet, Cornelis

Subject: Southwest United States and Mexico

Period: 1597 (circa)

Publication: Descriptionis Ptolemaica Augmentum

Color: Hand Color

11.4 x 9 inches
29 x 22.9 cm

This is one of the earliest maps of the American Southwest and Mexico, including the southern part of present-day Texas, here called Floridae Pars, with the Rio Grande, labeled R. de Palmas. The map concentrates on the Spanish area of influence and is one of nineteen regional maps of the Americas contained in Wytfliet's atlas, which was the first devoted exclusively to the New World. Stipple engraved seas, calligraphy and a decorative title cartouche adorn the map.

References: Burden #105; Martin & Martin, p. 75.

Condition: B+

A faint stain around the center with a tear in lower blank margin, repaired on verso with old paper.

Estimate: $950 - $1,100

Sold for: $650

Closed on 9/14/2011