"Hispaniae Novae Nova Descriptio", Hondius, Jodocus
Subject: Western Mexico
Period: 1611 (circa)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae…
Color: Hand Color
19.1 x 13.8 inches
48.5 x 35.1 cm
This splendid map illustrates the heart of the Spanish empire in the New World. The map is focused on the western part of Mexico from about Mazatlan to Acapulco (neither of which is named) and inland to include Lake Chapala and Mexico City, which is situated on a large lake. At upper left is a large inland sea filled with islands where the natives supposedly extracted salt. There are numerous notations, taken from Ortelius, that describe the native people including one that refers to cannibalism - Anthropophagi sunt, qui| his montibus habitant (They who live in these mountains are cannibal). Diamond-shaped symbols mark the locations of numerous silver and copper mines. The map is fully decorated with three elaborate, strapwork cartouches. A Spanish Galleon and a fanciful sea monster adorn the ocean. Jodocus Hondius prepared this map for inclusion in his editions of the Mercator-Hondius atlas. Latin text on verso, published between 1611-12.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9510:1.1.
A sharp impression with a hint of toning and a few spots of foxing in the blank margins.