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Lovely, hand-colored late 16th century map of Mexico

Place/Date: Antwerp / 1579
Title: Hispaniae novae sive magnae recens et vera descriptio
51 x 35 cm (20 x 13.7 in)
Hand color
Condition Rating


This was the standard map of the area for a generation, copied by De Bry, Quad, and Hondius. Even though Herrera (Spain’s Royal Cosmographer) and Wytfliet worked twenty years after Ortelius, they produced inferior maps of the to this one.

The map shows an area corresponding roughly to the modern Mexican states of Michoacan, Jalisco, Mayarit, and Guerrero, plus the Valley of Mexico. It is adorned with two strapwork cartouches and sailing ships.

Verso Text: Latin


Abraham Ortelius

Abraham Ortelius was a cartographer and geographer, conventionally recognized as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World). He was one of the most notable figures of the Dutch school of cartography during its golden age (approximately 1570s–1670s).

Condition Description

A good and dark impression with vivd colors.


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