Auction 160, Lot 361

"Hispaniae Novae Nova Descriptio", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1630 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 13.8 inches
49 x 35.1 cm

This handsome map depicts the central and western coastal regions of Mexico. This map of New Spain 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, a sailing ship, and a sea monster. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9510:1.1.

Condition: B+

An excellent impression with full original color and several centerfold separations that have been closed on verso with archival materials. There is a stain in the top left corner of the sheet and an archivally repaired tear in right blank margin, both well away from image.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 11/16/2016