Auction 99, Lot 257

"Hispaniae Novae Nova Descriptio", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1619 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19 x 13.5 inches
48.3 x 34.3 cm

Splendid, decorative map of Mexico based on Ortelius. Mexico City is situated on a large lake with several gold and silver mines located in the central region. On the West Coast is a large inland sea filled with islands where the natives supposedly extracted salt. The map is fully decorated with three elaborate, strapwork cartouches. A Spanish Galleon and a fanciful sea monster adorn the ocean. Latin text on verso.


Condition: A

Professional repair of a tear in upper margin just entering the engraved border. Attractive later color. One tiny spot in sea.

Estimate: $450 - $500

Sold for: $375

Closed on 6/12/2002