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Auction 164, Lot 362

"Hispaniae Novae Sivae Magnae, Recens et Vera Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1579 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 13.7 inches
50.3 x 34.8 cm
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This is the first state of this important map, depicting the central and western coastal regions of Mexico. This cornerstone map of New Spain was the prototype for most maps of the early 17th century. It 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 and two sailing ships. Latin text on verso, published in 1592.

References: Wagner #119; Van den Broecke #13.

Condition: A+

Superb impression and color on a sturdy sheet of watermarked paper.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $375

Closed on 9/13/2017