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Auction 95, Lot 180

"Hispaniae Novae Sivae Magnae, Recens et vera Descriptio", 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
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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. Latin text on verso with the page number 7, indicating it was published between 1592 and 1612.

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

Condition: B

Some light misplaced color affecting key at bottom right and the lower margin. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $800 - $900

Sold for: $650

Closed on 6/13/2001