Catalog Archive
Auction 142, Lot 96

"Descripcion de las Yndias del Norte 2", Herrera y Tordesillas, Antonio de

Subject: North America

Period: 1601 (published)

Publication: Descripcion de las Indias Occidentalis

Color: Black & White

10.8 x 8 inches
27.4 x 20.3 cm
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This scarce map's cartography is based on the manuscript charts of Juan Lopez de Velasco (c. 1575-80). The striking lack of internal detail reflects the official Spanish policy protecting geographical knowledge of their presence in the New World. The only name appearing in North America is La Florida. The Audiencias (the Spanish colonial political divisions) are the only other place names on the map. This is the scarce first plate with the title in the upper right corner.

References: Burden #141.

Condition: A

Wide margins with light printer's ink residue, a hint of toning along centerfold, and two small wormholes in the upper blank margin, far from map.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,600


Closed on 11/28/2012