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  AMERICA 
 Central America 

BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [Early plans of Mexico City and Cusco]
Mexico, Regia et Celebris Hispaniæ Novae Civitas; Cusco, Regni Peru in Novo Orbe Caput. Cologne, 1572-, Latin text. Coloured. 270 x 475mm.
Two early 'map-views' on one sheet, showing Mexico City and Cusco, the capital cities of the Aztecs and Incas, with the major buildings shown in profile with little consideration for perspective. In the foreground of each are illustrations of Aztec and Inca figures. This plate was published in the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first systematic series of printed town plans, a monumental six-volume work published 1572-1618. These were the only two American cities depicted. KOEMAN: B&H 1.
[Ref: 17667]    £1,450.00 ($1,914 • €1,624 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [Classic 16th century map of 'New Spain']
Hispaniae Novae Sivae Magnae, Recens et Vera Descriptio. 1579. Antwerp, 1598, French text edition. Coloured. 355 x 510mm.
A detailed map of 'New Spain' in south-west Mexico, showing Mexico City and Guadalajara. The title is surrounded by one of Ortelius' most elaborate strapwork cartouches. The map was published in the 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum', regarded as the first atlas in the modern sense of the word, with the maps designed to fit the book. VAN DEN BROECKE: 13, state i of ii.
[Ref: 17307]    £700.00 ($924 • €784 rates)


MONTANUS, Arnoldus. [17th century map of Mexico]
Nova Hispania, Nova Galicia Guatimala. London: John Ogilby, 1671. Coloured. 295 x 350mm.
A decorative map based on the cartography of Hessel Gerritsz, this early chart covers the coastline of Central America including, Mexico, the Yucatan, the Bay of Honduras, Costa Rica, and part of the Gulf Coast. Published in Ogilby's 'America', an English edition of Montanus' 'De Nieuwe En Onbekende Weereld', issued in the same year by Meurs.
[Ref: 8731]    £550.00 ($726 • €616 rates)


MONTANUS, Arnoldus. [17th century map of Central America]
Yucatan Conventus Iuridici Hispaniae Novae Pars Occidentalis, et Guatimala Conventus Iuridicus. London: John Ogilby, 1671. Coloured. 295 x 350mm.
Shows from Mexico City south to western Panama. This example comes from Ogilby's 'America', an English edition of Montanus' 'De Nieuwe En Onbekende Weereld', published the same year by Meurs.
[Ref: 8748]    £550.00 ($726 • €616 rates)


MALLET, Alain Manesson. [17th Century miniature prospect of Mexico City]
Mexique. Paris, 1683. Coloured. 150 x 110mm.
Detailed bird's-eye view of Mexico City, with local Indians and Conquistadors in the foreground. From Mallet's 'Description de l'Univers'. French text to verso.
[Ref: 17505]    £175.00 ($231 • €196 rates)


ALLARD, Carel. [Campeche]
Campeche. Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, c.1720. 170 x 205mm. Centrefold strengthened.
A view of the fort at Campeche, with two very imaginative figures of local indians in the foreground.
[Ref: 9995]    £125.00 ($165 • €140 rates)


MOUNT & PAGE. [Map of the Scottish Darien Scheme]
An Exact Draught of the Gulf of Darien & the Coast to Porto Bello with Panama In the South Sea & the Scotch Settlement in Calledonia. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. 435 x 540mm.
An English chart of the Panama Isthmus, with most cartographic detail on the Caribbean coast, but marking Panama City on the west coast. However, of most interest is the depiction of 'New Caledonia', the Scottish colony on the Isthmus of Darien, shown here in a large inset despite the failure of the colony nearly half-a-century before. The Darien Scheme was an attempt by Scotland to have international trade independent of England. Led by William Paterson (1658-1719, one of the founders of the Bank of England) the plan was to create a trading base on Panama to receive goods from the Far East transported across the isthmus. 'New Edinburgh' was established in 1698, but, due to a bad choice of location, disease, the unhelpfulness of the English and military action by the Spanish, the colony collapsed in 1700, at a cost to Scotland of half a million pounds. Part of the deal for the Act of Union in 1707 was that the losses of the investors would be met by England. Despite this failure the cartographer here still has hopes for the scheme: around the 'Trato River', leading of the southern end of the Gulf of Darien (Uraba) are notes of explorers, for example 'These Indians are best Aquainted with ye Countrey' and This River runns into the Bowels of the Countrey'. This chart was first published in the 1737 edition of 'The English Pilot. The Fourth Book Describing The West India Navigation... Also, a New Description of Newfoundland, New-England, New-York, East and West New Jersey, Dellevar-Bay, Virginia, Maryland, and Carolina'. The original title read '...Porto Bella with a perticular Draught of the Scotch Settlement...'; Shirley lists a 1749 edition in the British Library as the first appearence of this state. See SHIRLEY: Maps in the Atlases of the British Library, M.M&P-5c for an edition of the following year.
[Ref: 15468]    £550.00 ($726 • €616 rates)


MASI, Giovanni Tommaso. [Panama with the Darien Scheme]
Carta Rappresentante l'Istmo di Darien o'sia di Panama. Livorno, 1763. Coloured. 250 x 215mm.
Map depicting the eastern half of Panama and part of the western coastline of Colombia. Marked on the map are many cities, including' Nuova Edinburg' - New Edinburgh, the famous Darien Scheme colony established by the Company of Scotland as a trading settlement in 1698. Although well located, with a good harbour, the colony was short lived. Attacks by Spanish galleons, and devestating illnesses caused the failure of the 'Darien Scheme' as it was now. This contributed to the dissolution of the Scottish Parliament and led to the Act of Union with England in 1707.
[Ref: 17635]    £170.00 ($224 • €190 rates)


RABATTA, Augusto & BAILOU, Jean Baptist de. [An 18th century playing-card map of Mexico]
Carta III. Il Messico, o Nuova Spagna. Florence: Aniello Lamberti, 1779. Original colour. Sheet size 118 x 73mm.
A rare miniature map of Mexico engraved by Lamberti for the 'Minchiate', the Florentine version of the Tarot, which had each card marked with an arcane symbol. The full set was published in Augusto Da Rabatta and Jean Baptiste De Baillou's pocket atlas 'Nuovo Atlante Generale'. Information on the map is minimal, but an extensive key gives the names of the various regions.
[Ref: 12965]    £400.00 ($528 • €448 rates)


BONNE, Rigobert. [Gulf of Mexico]
L'Ancien et le nouveau Mexique avec la Floride et la Basse Louisiane. Partie Orientale. Paris, c.1785. Coloured. 220 x 340mm. Stain in top left corner.
Antique map showing Florida, Texas, western part of Cuba and Central America. Showing many place names, extensive river systems, mountain ranges and featuring the Gulf of Mexico
[Ref: 13231]    £160.00 ($211 • €179 rates)


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