Auction 137, Lot 412

"Nova Hispania, et Nova Galicia", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1642 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19 x 13.7 inches
48.3 x 34.8 cm

Decorative map of the central and western coastal regions of Mexico, based on Ortelius. Mexico City is situated on a large lake below the elaborate title cartouche featuring the Royal Spanish Arms. Several gold and silver mines are located in the central region. A galleon and sea monster ornament the Pacific and armadillos walk across the scale of miles cartouche. This is a superlative example of Dutch cartography and a great example of the similarity between the work of Jansson and Blaeu. Here Jansson's plate features a ship and sea monster with calligraphy in the Pacific, whereas Blaeu's map lacks the calligraphy and embellished the area with two ships and a compass rose. German text on verso.

References:

Condition: A

Wide margins with light show-through of text from verso, and short centerfold separations at top and bottom far from map image.

Estimate: $400 - $450

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/14/2011

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