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Auction 153, Lot 79

"Descripcion de las Yndias del Norte 2", Herrera y Tordesillas, Antonio de

Subject: North America

Period: 1730 (circa)

Publication: Historia General de los Hechos de los Castellanos…

Color: Hand Color

10.8 x 8 inches
27.4 x 20.3 cm
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An uncommon Spanish version of de Herrera's 1601 map with its cartography based on the manuscript charts of Juan Lopez de Velasco (c. 1575-80). The striking lack of internal detail reflects the official Spanish policy protecting geographical knowledge of their presence in the New World. The only name appearing in North America is La Florida, which appears two times in this variation of Herrera's map. The Audiencias (the Spanish colonial political divisions) are the only other place names on the map. This map appeared in Historia General de los Hechos de los Castellanos… which was published by Nicolas Rodriguez in Madrid, 1726-30.

References: Burden #141 (Corrigenda and Addenda).

Condition: A

Watermarked paper with wide margins and one small spot in northern Mexico.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400


Closed on 5/20/2015