Auction 148, Lot 392

"Descripcion de las Yndias de Mediodia", Herrera y Tordesillas, Antonio de

Subject: South America

Period: 1622 (circa)

Publication: Descripcion de las Indias Occidentalis

Color: Black & White

11.5 x 8.6 inches
29.2 x 21.8 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 continent. This rare map is largely derived from the manuscript charts of Juan Lopez de Velasco. The continent is dominated by the huge R. de los Amazona and R. de la Plato and the western mountain range. The Papal Line of Demarcation (Meridiano de la de Marcacion), which divided the non-Christian world between Spain and Portugal, divides the continent between Portugal’s tiny Brazil with the rest (Peru) belonging to Spain.

References: cf. Burden #196.

Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with wide, original margins, light toning, and a few small spots of foxing.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $250

Closed on 2/19/2014