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Auction 164, Lot 363


"Hispania Nova", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Western Mexico

Period: 1635 (circa)

Publication: Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas...

Color: Hand Color

7.4 x 5.5 inches
18.8 x 14 cm
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Lovely small map of central and western Mexico. It locates many cities and features including Mexico City on the shore of a large unnamed lake, Guadalajara, Ocomo, Tetitlan, Chapalicu Mare (Lake Chapala), as well as numerous gold and silver mines. Strapwork title cartouche and scale of miles balance two diagonal corners. The ocean is fully engraved in moiré. From the English edition of Mercator's Atlas Minor, which was published under the title Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas by Michael Spark and Samuel Cartwright. English text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #9510:351.

Condition: B+

A sharp impression with light toning along the edges of the sheet. There is a 1/2" hole in the top blank margin that extends into the map border that has been professionally repaired with a minor amount of the border replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $140

Closed on 9/13/2017