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Auction 183, Lot 258

"[Spilbergen Lands at Acapulco] Aquapolque", Spilbergen, Joris van (Adm)

Subject: Acapulco, Mexico

Period: 1619 (circa)

Publication: Speculum Orientalis Occidentalis que Indiae Navigationum

Color: Black & White

8.4 x 5.8 inches
21.3 x 14.7 cm
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This engraving first appeared in the Latin edition of Spilbergen's Speculum Orientalis Occidentalis que Indiae Navigationum (1619), and was later copied for Theodore de Bry's Grands Voyages in 1620. It is a fine view of Acapulco that depicts Dutch naval officer Joris van Spilbergen's eventful arrival to the city. Spilbergen arrived with Spanish prisoners that were eventually released in exchange for provisions. In the background, two small figures can be seen waving white flags and negotiating. In the foreground is a fantastically large fish that Spilbergen's crew caught. Blank verso and plate number 14 at top right.


Condition: A

There is light soiling and an archivally repaired edge tear in the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 6/9/2021