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Auction 145, Lot 333

"Descrittione della Gran Citta e Isola del Temistitan", Porcacchi, Tomaso

Subject: Mexico City, Mexico

Period: 1572 (published)

Publication: L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo

Color: Black & White

5.5 x 4 inches
14 x 10.2 cm
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This lovely bird's-eye plan of Mexico City depicts the center of the city as a large island in a lake surrounded by smaller islands with houses and fortifications and bridges. The map is set within a page of Italian text (7.7 x 11.5") with Italian text on verso as well. The text describes the geography and history of the great Aztec capital. Engraved by Girolamo Porro.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 57-59 and frontispiece; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #185-28.

Condition: A

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $230

Closed on 6/12/2013