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