Auction 137, Lot 416

"Descrittione della Gran Citta e Isola del Temistitan", Porcacchi, Tomaso

Subject: Mexico City, Mexico

Period: 1576 (published)

Publication: L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

5.5 x 4 inches
14 x 10.2 cm

This lovely bird's-eye plan of Mexico City depicts the center of the city as a large island in a lake surrounded by smaller islands with houses and fortifications and bridges. The map is set within a page of Italian text with Italian text on verso as well. The text describes the geography and history of the great Aztec capital.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 57-59 and frontispiece.

Condition: A

Light soiling in blank margins.

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $325

Closed on 9/14/2011