"Hispaniae Novae sivae Magnae, Recens et Vera Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham
Subject: Western Mexico
Period: 1579 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Black & White
19.9 x 13.6 inches
50.5 x 34.5 cm
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 1601.
References: Wagner #119; Van den Broecke #13.
A dark impression on watermarked paper with a few small centerfold separations, light toning along the centerfold, and minor soiling in the margins. There is an extraneous crease in the bottom left corner of the sheet.