"[Lot of 2] Noveau Mexico / Nieuw Mexico [and] Ancien Mexico / Oud Mexico", Van Schley, J.
Subject: Mexico City, Mexico
Period: 1754 (circa)
Publication: Allgemeine Historie der Reisen von Prevost d'Exiles
Color: Black & White
10.9 x 7.2 inches
27.7 x 18.3 cm
This matching pair of bird's-eye views depicts both an ancient and "modern" Mexico City. The first view shows the sprawling city in the mid-eighteenth century with villagers in the foreground. The second view shows Tenochtitlan as it was before its destruction by the conquistador Hernan Cortes. The city's complex of islands and bridges is well rendered, as is the surrounding mountainous terrain. In the foreground there are Spanish explorers moving toward the city. Published in a Dutch edition of Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages.
Crisp impressions on bright sheets, issued folding.