"Parte della Nuova Spagna, o del Mexico doue Sono le Provincie di Guadalaira Xalisco Mecoacan e Mexico...", Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria
Subject: Western & Central Mexico
Period: 1691 (circa)
Publication: Atlante Veneto
Color: Hand Color
23.8 x 17.8 inches
60.5 x 45.2 cm
This scarce and superbly decorative map of western and central Mexico covers from Xiamora to Acapulco and includes Mexico City and Guadalajara along with cities, towns, mines, missions, and Indian villages. Notations in the mountains north of Mexico City describe the rich deposits of silver, and other annotations describe the manners and customs of the Indians. The active volcano at Popocatepec (Popocatzin) is vividly erupting in the lower right corner. Coronelli, a Franciscan priest, was a highly respected cartographer and globe maker. Largely through his religious connections, Coronelli had access to geographical information from the expeditions exploring the southwestern regions of North America. This map is decorated with an elaborate title cartouche with mythological figures and an equally attractive cartouche for the scale of miles.
A fine impression with minor offsetting and two worm tracks in the top blank margin that have been infilled with archival materials.