Auction 142, Lot 303

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

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1642 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.9 x 13.7 inches
48 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. Latin text on verso.


Condition: B+

Attractive color and wide margins with light show-though of text on verso and a few minor spots. There are old ink stains in top blank margin, far from map.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $210

Closed on 11/28/2012