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Auction 144, Lot 105

"Culiacanae, Americae Regionis, Descriptio [on sheet with] Hispaniolae, Cubae, Aliarumque Insularum Circumiacientium, Delineatio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Caribbean and Mexico

Period: 1579 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.7 x 14 inches
50 x 35.6 cm
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Two great early maps of important regions in the New World are combined into this interesting composition. The first covers the region of western Mexico around Culiacan and the Spanish settlement of Villa S. Michael's, the region noted for its silver mines. The second is the first detailed map of the Greater Antilles with detail in southern Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean that is quite remarkable for the period. Ortelius based the maps on a variety of sources including Mercator’s world map (1569) and other maps by Guttierez and Alonso De Santa Cruz. Three strapwork cartouches and sailing ships decorate the map. French text on verso with page number 8, published in 1598.

References: Van den Broecke #14.

Condition: B+

Attractive color on watermarked paper with wide original margins, all edges gilt, and light offsetting primarily in blank margins. There are a few small spots in image as well as professional repairs to centerfold separations at top and bottom and a couple of tiny worm holes along centerfold.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400


Closed on 4/3/2013