Auction 168, Lot 346

"Culiacanae, Americae Regionis, Descriptio [on sheet with] Hispaniolae, Cubae, Aliarumque Insularum Circumiacientium, Delineatio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Gulf of Mexico & Caribbean

Period: 1584 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.4 x 13.9 inches
49.3 x 35.3 cm

Two great early maps of important regions in the New World are combined into this interesting composition. The first covers the region of western Mexico around Culiacan and the Spanish settlement of Villa S. Michael's, the region noted for its silver mines. The second is the first detailed map of the Greater Antilles with detail in southern Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean that is quite remarkable for the period. Ortelius based the maps on a variety of sources including Mercator’s world map (1569) and other maps by Guttierez and Alonso De Santa Cruz. Three strapwork cartouches and sailing ships decorate the map. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #14.

Condition: B+

A crisp impression on paper with a small coat of arms watermark and light, scattered foxing that is mostly in the blank margins.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $350

Closed on 6/6/2018

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