C1581

Hispaniae Novae Sivae Magnae Recens Et Vera Descriptio 1579.

Famous c.16th map by Abraham Ortelius of western New Spain, showing the recently-created Spanish settlements, many rivers, and large lakes, including Lake Chapala and a mythical sea with islands in the northwest. The map is heavily decorated, with a huge … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Hispaniae Novae Sivae Magnae Recens Et Vera Descriptio 1579.

Date:

C1581

Condition:

In good condition, with wide margins, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

503mm 
x 345mm

Paper Size: 

575mm 
x 428mm
AUTHENTICITY
Hispaniae Novae Sivae Magnae Recens Et Vera Descriptio 1579. - Antique Map from 1581

Genuine antique
dated:

1581

Description:

Famous c.16th map by Abraham Ortelius of western New Spain, showing the recently-created Spanish settlements, many rivers, and large lakes, including Lake Chapala and a mythical sea with islands in the northwest.

The map is heavily decorated, with a huge title cartouche dominating the upper right corner. The cartouche depicts interwoven pieces and is adorned with the fierce heads of creatures, somber faces, and a devil’s leering visage in the top center. It surrounds the title, which translates to, “A recent and true representation of new or large Spain 1579.”

Another cartouche in the lower left corner translates to, “To the reader; the beginning of the longitude on this map we have not, in the Ptolemaic fashion taken from the Canary Islands towards the East, but from the Spanish meridian in Toledo towards the West.” Ortelius’ atlas, the first of its kind, was also part of a new cartography that deviated from the Ptolemaic system, or rather that had to augment the Ptolemaic grid that only contained Africa, Asia, and Europe.

The lands depicted are thick with place names; there are so many, in fact, that some had to be indicated with a letter and named in lists at sea. Another list of names is in a rectangular cartouche in the bottom right corner. Two detailed ships are sailing in the western ocean. On land, cities and towns are marked with dots, a building, or a cluster of buildings according to their size and importance. Squares with a dot in the middle, most in the northeast, mark the location of Spanish barracks. A note there reads, “The encampments of the Spanish, where their armed soldiers roam.”

From, Abraham Ortelius from the first French edition of Theatrum orbus terrarum.

This edition is identified by the French text on the verso; the plate number 6 at lower right, last line is left aligned, in cursive script like the entire text: “langue Italienne”.

From Ortelius, A. Theatrum orbus terrarum, Antwerp.

 

References:
Koeman, C. Atlantes Neerlandici. Amsterdam 1967. Volumes I-V: Ort, 39.
van der Krogt, P. Globi Neerlandici: The Production of Globes in the Low Countries. Amsterdam 1993: 3 - 7000:.
Van Den Broecke, M. P. R. Ortelius Atlas Maps.1996 Netherlands.: 13, p. 53, 1581F6.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 3419776 (1601 edition)

Abraham Ortelius (1527 - 1598)

Ortelius was a Flemish cartographer, map seller and publisher. Ortelius was a leading cartographer who published the first modern atlas in 1570, Theatrum orbis terrarum in which each map was presented on a separate sheet. He initially trained as an engraver in 1547 and as an illuminator of maps. Influenced by Gerard Mercator he published his first map in 1564 and soon after published his famous atlas that changed the way maps were sold and published.

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