Auction 150, Lot 316

"Hispaniae Novae Nova Descriptio", Mercator/Cloppenburgh

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1630 (published)

Publication: Atlas

Color: Black & White

10.1 x 7.4 inches
25.7 x 18.8 cm

Lovely small map of central and western Mexico. Mexico City is located on the banks of a large, hourglass-shaped lake, and numerous gold and silver mines are scattered across the map. A note appears under a cluster of mountains in the unengraved northern part of the map: His montibus maxima argenti copia effoditur (roughly: "In these mountains, the largest sum of silver was excavated"). Adorned by a strapwork title cartouche. French text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #9510:353:01.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with very light toning and two small wormholes in the left side of the image.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $70

Closed on 9/17/2014