Auction 170, Lot 341

"Hispaniae Novae Nova Descriptio", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1628 (circa)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae…

Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 13.8 inches
48.8 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. French text on verso, published between 1628-33.

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

Condition: B+

A sharp impression with two small worm holes in the image at top and an archivally repaired centerfold separation that enters 1" into image at bottom. There is marginal soiling, an old manuscript page number at top right, and bleed-through of color on verso.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 11/14/2018