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Auction 144, Lot 102

"Hispaniae Novae Sivae Magnae, Recens et Vera Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1579 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.7 x 13.7 inches
50 x 34.8 cm
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This is the second state of this important map, depicting the central and western coastal regions of Mexico. This cornerstone map of New Spain was the prototype for most maps of the early 17th century. It covers the Pacific coast from present-day Acapulco to about Mazatlan and inland to Mexico City, which is situated on a large lake. Several gold and silver mines are located in the central region. The map is beautifully embellished with three ornate strapwork cartouches and two sailing ships. The stippling of the sea with German text on verso indicates that the map was published circa 1602.

References: Wagner #119, Van den Broecke #13.

Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with a crease adjacent to the centerfold and light damp stains that enter the image along the left and right neatline.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $350

Closed on 4/3/2013