"Hispaniae Novae Nova Descriptio", Mercator/Jansson
Subject: Western Mexico
Period: 1630 (published)
Publication: Atlas Minor
Color: Hand Color
7.6 x 5.3 inches
19.3 x 13.5 cm
A small map of central and western Mexico based on the cartography of Ortelius. Mexico City is located on the banks of a large, hourglass-shaped lake and numerous gold and silver mines are scattered across the map. Engraved by Petrus Kaerius (Pieter van den Keere). Lovely calligraphy, decorative title cartouche, and scale of miles embellish the page. Dutch text on verso.
This map was re-engraved for Jan Jansson's editions of the Atlas Minor, published in 5 editions between 1628-48. The copperplates for the original Atlas Minor editions published by Hondius were sold to parties in England between 1621-25. Jansson commissioned Pieter van den Keere and Abraham Goos to engrave new plates, which were close copies of the original editions.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #9510:352.1.
A dark impression on a slightly toned sheet with show-through of text on verso. There is light dampstaining along the right and bottom edges that barely enters map image at bottom left.