Auction 171, Lot 319

"Hispaniae Novae Nova Descriptio", Mercator/Cloppenburgh

Subject: Western Mexico

Period: 1673 (circa)

Publication: Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes

Color: Hand Color

10.1 x 7.4 inches
25.7 x 18.8 cm

This lovely small map covers central and western Mexico. Mexico City is located on the banks of a large, hourglass-shaped lake, and numerous gold and silver mines are scattered across the map. A note appears under a cluster of mountains in the unengraved northern part of the map: His montibus maxima argenti copia effoditur (roughly: "In these mountains, the largest sum of silver was excavated"). Adorned by a strapwork title cartouche. Blank verso. The lack of hatching in the sea indicates a publication date of 1673 or after.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #9510:353.

Condition: B+

Light soiling with a few spots of foxing and a couple faint damp stains that enter the neatline at top.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $65

Closed on 2/6/2019