"Nova Hispania, et Nova Galicia", Jansson, Jan
Subject: Western Mexico
Period: 1639 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.1 x 13.8 inches
48.5 x 35.1 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. French text on verso, published between 1639-49.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9510:1.2.
A crisp impression with full contemporary color, light soiling, some show-through of text on verso, and stains along the edges of the sheet.