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Auction 180, Lot 74

"Descripcion de las Yndias del Norte 2", Herrera y Tordesillas, Antonio de

Subject: Colonial North America

Period: 1622 (published)

Publication: Novus Orbis, sive Descriptio Indiae Occidentalis

Color: Black & White

11.6 x 8.4 inches
29.5 x 21.3 cm
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This map is from an uncommon Dutch version of de Herrera's 1601 maps published by Michiel Colijn. The cartography is based on the manuscript charts of Juan Lopez de Velasco (c. 1575-80). The striking lack of internal detail reflects the official Spanish policy protecting geographical knowledge of their presence in the New World. The only name appearing in North America is La Florida, which is depicted as a narrow peninsula. The Audiencias (the Spanish colonial political divisions) are the only other place names on the map.

References: Burden #197.

Condition: A

A sharp impression on a bright sheet with a fleur-de-lis coat of arms watermark and a hint of toning along the fold. There are a few archivally-repaired worm holes in the bottom corner of the sheet, well away from the image.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $850

Closed on 11/18/2020