Catalog Archive
Auction 151, Lot 315

Early Map of the American Southwest and Mexico

"Hispania Nova", Wytfliet, Cornelis

Subject: Southern United States & Mexico

Period: 1598 (circa)

Publication: Descriptionis Ptolemaicae Augmentum

Color: Hand Color

11.3 x 9 inches
28.7 x 22.9 cm

This is one of the earliest maps of the American Southwest and Mexico, including the southern part of present-day Texas, here called Floridae Pars, with the Rio Grande, labeled R. de Palmas. The map concentrates on the Spanish area of influence and is one of nineteen regional maps of the Americas contained in Wytfliet's atlas, which was the first devoted exclusively to the New World. Stipple engraved seas, calligraphy and a decorative title cartouche adorn the map.

References: Burden #105; Martin & Martin, p. 75.

Condition: A

Fine impression and color on watermarked paper with two soft creases and light printer's ink residue.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $600

Closed on 11/19/2014