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Auction 90, Lot 145

"Hispaniae Novae sivae Magnae, Recens et Vera Descripto", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1579 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19 x 13.5 inches
48.3 x 34.3 cm

Important map of the western coastal regions of Mexico. This is a cornerstone map of New Spain, and the prototype for most maps of the early 17th century. It covers the Pacific coast from present-day Acapulco to about Mazatlan and inland to Mexico City, which is situated on a large lake. Several gold and silver mines are located in the central region. The map is beautifully embellished with three fine strapwork cartouches and two Spanish galleons all in lovely old color. French text on verso with the page number 7, indicating a publish date of 1598.

References: Wagner #119, van den Broecke #13.

Condition: A+

Minor soft crease near fold, overall fine.

Estimate: $800 - $900

Sold for: $950

Closed on 3/15/2000