Auction 145, Lot 330

"Descripcion del Destricto del Audiencia de Nueva Espana", Herrera y Tordesillas, Antonio de

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1622 (published)

Publication: Novus Orbis, sive Descriptio Indiae Occidentalis

Color: Black & White

11.6 x 8.5 inches
29.5 x 21.6 cm

Antonio de Herrera Y Tordesillas was the official historian of Spain and the Indies. He compiled a history of the Spanish conquests and early explorations in the Americas, which included this simply engraved map of the Caribbean. His work (Historia general de los hechos de los Castellanos) was originally published in 1601 with several editions and translations thereafter, all of which are scarce. This simple outline map, based on Juan Lopez de Velasco’s manuscript, covers the southern part of present-day Mexico and the Yucatan peninsular. Mexico City is shown located on a large lake. Some of the early Spanish settlements in that region are marked including the important Pacific settlement at Puerto de Acapulco.


Condition: +B

A nice impression with light offsetting and toning, a few small spots, and a tiny hole in an unengraved area of map that has been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/12/2013