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"Nova Hispania, et Nova Galicia", Jansson, Jan
Subject: Western Mexico
Period: 1690 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
18.8 x 13.6 inches
47.8 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.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9510:1.2.
Full contemporary color with light soiling and toning, a small hole in the left blank margin, and a centerfold separation that enters 3.5" into the image at bottom and has been closed on verso with archival tape. There are several short tears along the bottom edge of the sheet that have been closed on verso with masking tape.