Early Map of the American Southwest and Mexico
"Hispania Nova", Wytfliet, Cornelis
Subject: Southern United States & Mexico
Period: 1597 (circa)
Publication: Descriptionis Ptolemaicae Augmentum
Color: Black & White
11.4 x 9 inches
29 x 22.9 cm
This is one of the earliest maps of the American Southwest and Mexico, including the southern part of present-day Texas, here called Floridae Pars, with the Rio Grande, labeled R. de Palmas. The map concentrates on the Spanish area of influence and is one of nineteen regional maps of the Americas contained in Wytfliet's atlas, which was the first devoted exclusively to the New World. Stipple engraved seas, calligraphy and a decorative title cartouche adorn the map.
References: Burden #105; Martin & Martin, p. 75; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #307-12.
A dark impression on paper with a sea monster watermark. There are minor repairs in the blank margins and two tiny worm holes infilled in map at top.