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"Nova Hispania, et Nova Galicia", Jansson/Valck & Schenk
Subject: Western Mexico
Period: 1700 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
18.6 x 13.6 inches
47.2 x 34.5 cm
This decorative map of the central and western coastal regions of Mexico is based on Ortelius. Mexico City is situated on a large lake below the elaborate title cartouche featuring the Royal Spanish Arms. Several gold and silver mines are located in the central region. A galleon and sea monster ornament the Pacific and armadillos walk across the cartouche containing a key locating several sites around Mexico City. This is a superlative example of Dutch cartography and a great example of the similarity between the work of Jansson and Blaeu. Here Jansson's plate features a ship and sea monster with calligraphy in the Pacific, whereas Blaeu's map lacks the calligraphy and embellished the area with two ships and a compass rose. Blank verso. This edition was published by Valck & Schenk, who added a graticule and their imprint.
References: cf. Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9510:1.2.
A nice impression on a bright sheet with full contemporary color, faint offsetting, and some scattered foxing confined to the blank margins. There are archival repairs to a separation along the centerfold and a few short cracks caused by the oxidation of the green pigment. This map will ship flat.