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Nova Hispania Nova Galicia Guatimala (Map of Mexico and Central America).

  • ARTIST: John Ogilby

  • MEDIUM: Copper plate engraving.

    DATE: 1671.

  • EDITION SIZE: 11 5/16 x 13 13/16" (287 x 351 mm) plus margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: 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. The western coast of Florida and part of Cuba are included in the upper right corner of the map. Although coastal topography in this region was still relatively unexplored at this date, the map locates numerous settlements, rivers, and harbors in the interior and identifies multiple mountain ranges. Like other maps in the atlas, Ogilby has included a highly decorative cartouche, which depicts a Spanish or Dutch trader bartering goods with three native inhabitants. This beautiful map is a fine example of seventeenth century cartography and a rare early chart of this region. This map appeared in John Ogilby’s seminal atlas "America: Being the Latest, and Most Accurate Description of the New World, published in London in 1671. Ogilby’s work is an English translation of Arnoldus Montanus’ Die Nieuwe en onbekende Weereld...", which was produced in Amsterdam earlier the same year. Considered the first encyclopedias of the Americas, both texts are richly illustrated with maps, views and portraits. With little exception, Ogilby’s work is a direct copy of Montanus’ atlas. Ogilby did expand his atlas by adding fresh material on the English colonies. Illustrated with over 122 magnificent engravings, Ogilby’s "America" was the most accurate compendium available of the New World.


  • CONDITION: Good condition. Black & white.