Auction 149, Lot 324


"Nova Hispania, et Nova Galicia", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1638 (published)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

18.9 x 13.7 inches
48 x 34.8 cm

Decorative map of the central and western coastal regions of Mexico, based on Ortelius. Mexico City is situated on a large lake below the elaborate title cartouche featuring the Royal Spanish Arms. Several gold and silver mines are located in the central region. A galleon and sea monster ornament the Pacific and armadillos walk across the scale of miles cartouche. This is a superlative example of Dutch cartography and a great example of the similarity between the work of Jansson and Blaeu. Here Jansson's plate features a ship and sea monster with calligraphy in the Pacific, whereas Blaeu's map lacks the calligraphy and embellished the area with two ships and a compass rose. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9510:1.2.

Condition: B

Expertly remargined on all sides with light toning along centerfold and a separation at bottom that has been professionally repaired. There are three tiny holes just inside border at top left, one of which has been infilled.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $210

Closed on 5/21/2014