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Auction 146, Lot 282

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

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1579 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

19.8 x 13.7 inches
50.3 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. French text on verso, published in 1598.

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

Condition: B+

On watermarked paper with wide, original margins and all edges gilt. There are centerfold separations that enter 2" into image at top and 1/2" at bottom that have both been professionally repaired. There are a couple of tiny spots and a little bit of printer's ink residue.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/4/2013