Auction 151, Lot 340

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

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1579 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.8 x 13.6 inches
50.3 x 34.5 cm

This is the first 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. Latin text on verso, published in 1579.

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

Condition: A

Fine impression and color on watermarked paper with very minor soiling.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $350

Closed on 11/19/2014

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