Catalog Archive
Auction 158, Lot 158

"Nova Hispania, et Nova Galicia", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1639 (circa)

Publication: Nouvel Atlas

Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 13.8 inches
48.8 x 35.1 cm

This decorative map of the central and western coastal regions of Mexico is based on Ortelius. Mexico City is situated on a large lake below the elaborate title cartouche featuring the Royal Spanish Arms. Several gold and silver mines are located in the central region. A galleon and sea monster ornament the Pacific and armadillos walk across the cartouche containing a key locating several sites around Mexico City. This is a superlative example of Dutch cartography and a great example of the similarity between the work of Jansson and Blaeu. Here Jansson's plate features a ship and sea monster with calligraphy in the Pacific, whereas Blaeu's map lacks the calligraphy and embellished the area with two ships and a compass rose. French text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9510:1.2.

Condition: B+

Light staining and soiling with minor show-through of text on verso. There are two small holes and a few short centerfold separations in the blank margins that have been backed with archival materials.

Estimate: $400 - $500


Closed on 6/22/2016