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