ORTELIUS, Abraham (1527 - 1598). Hispaniae Novae Siva Magnae Recens et Vera Descriptio 1595. Antwerp: 1595.
Single sheet (14 x 18 inches sheet; 23 x 27 inches framed). Full margins showing the platemark, uncolored, cooperplate engraving.
A map of "New Spain" of exquisite beauty and of immense importance when viewed from a geographical and a historical stand point. In the sixteenth century, Mexico as well as Central and South America were enormously important discoveries for Spain, and a source of her great wealth for centuries to come, due to the regions vast deposits of gold and silver. In my opinion, any map displaying Mexico during this golden period of Spanish discovery and expansion is one to be treasured. This copper plate Ortelius map has two very strong and bold mannerist cartouches that fill the top right hand corner of the map and the bottom left hand corner respectively. Sea galleons can be seen sailing the Pacific Ocean. This extraordinary map gives a tremendous amount of physical detail, be it place names, extensive rivers, lakes, and mountains regions etc. On the reverse of the map, oxidization has taken place, as is normal with originally colored maps of great age, whereby the green colored pigment, gradually turns a more brown color over time. The text is Latin.
Abraham Ortelius produced in 1570 an 'Atlas of the Whole World'. This atlas quickly became an immediate 'best seller'. It was so good and so popular that numerous editions were produced both prior to, and after his death (1598) until 1612. This monumental work was published in many European languages, and is believed to have run to an amazing 42 editions. For more information on this map, or a warm welcome to see other books and maps of our collection at 72nd Street NYC, please contact Natalie Zadrozna.